71st Avenue Improvements12th to 22nd Street
Additionally, an 8’ sidewalk and attached 7’ bike lanes will be installed within these limits in order improve pedestrian safety for the corridor as well as to allow for on street bike connection to the 20th Street intersection and beyond. Other enhancements include a striped/raised median with landscaping improvements along the limits of the project.
Completion of this project is phased over three years (2017 – 2019) to allow for design and right of way acquisition in the first year and the Sheep Draw bridge replacement and roadway construction the second year.
Completion of the new traffic signal at 71st Avenue and 16th Street remains delayed. The traffic signal controller was delivered, but Xcel Energy must install a new meter for the signal before everything can be connected and start functioning. Once everything is installed, the light will operate in a flashing mode for about a week. That should help drivers get used to the new traffic signal.
Officials estimate about two weeks until the new traffic signal becomes operational.
Drivers and nearby residents may have noticed several different speed limit signs in the area. As work along the road continues, 20-mile-per-hour construction zone signs will stay in place. And in nearby areas, the speed limit has temporarily been set at 30 miles per hour to help ease traffic in and out of construction zones. Once construction finishes, the corridor will become a 40-mile-per-hour zone.
Although some utility conflicts caused delays in concrete installation, concrete work along the road corridor reached completion. Only a little concrete work on private properties remains as a part of this project.
Crews are still working on irrigation in preparation for landscaping installation later this year. Once the weather warms up, landscaping and further irrigation work will continue. Officials estimate landscaping work should finish by June.
Even with the City’s 71st Avenue project wrapping up, non-city utility projects in the area will continue — such as the installation of streetlights to help illuminate the area.
• Completion of this project is phased over three years (2017 – 2019) to allow for design and right of way acquisition in the first year and the Sheep Draw bridge replacement and roadway construction the second year. Installation of landscaping will be completed by 2019.
• The project will widen 71st Avenue to one lane in each direction with a center turn lane with raised and landscaped medians where possible.
• Project will add curb and gutter and 8-foot attached/detached sidewalks along with 7-foot bike lanes to both the east and west sides of 71st Avenue.