71st Avenue Improvements

12th to 22nd Street
In 2010, 71st Avenue was widened to meet City standards from 10th to 12th Street in accordance with a development agreement with King Soopers in the Northgate Development. The 71st Avenue project will pick up from where that project left off and widen 71st from 12th Street to 22nd Street. As part of this project the existing Sheep Draw bridge, which is currently undersized for passing major event flood waters, will be reconstructed.

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.

Latest news:


Just this week the new traffic signal at 71st Avenue and 16th Street started normal operations! With the lights shining brightly on the new traffic signal, most of the city’s work on the 71st Avenue project has calmed down and will remain that way until later this year.

Although some fencing and landscaping work continues, the cold and wet weather slowed that down. When the weather warms back up in the spring the crew will begin the final push to complete the landscaping and other remaining tasks to wrap up the 71st Avenue project.

As the 71st Avenue project work slows down, drivers and the neighbors in the area may have noticed some early work starting this week on the new Sheep Draw Triple Creek Trail that will connect west Greeley housing developments to the 71st Avenue Bridge, Greeley’s trail system, and through that to the Poudre River Trail.

During the next three months, construction crews will work at various locations along the 6,000 feet of new trail spending limited amounts of time in each section.

The new Sheep Draw Triple Creek Trail starts south of 77th Avenue near W 12th Street and connects to the south at 20th Street and to the east at 71st Avenue — where the trail will run under the newly constructed 71st Avenue Bridge.

Project Facts:

Project is primarily funded out of the Keep Greeley Moving (0.65% sales tax) and the Arterial Street Fund. The Arterial Street fund receives fees collected on building permits for new structures and their impact on the transportation system

• 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.

71st Avenue Improvements

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