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:



Continuing utility issues and the construction of retaining walls has delayed the opening of 71st Avenue from 20th Street to 16th Street until the end of this month. Utility issues have caused numerous delays throughout this project and officials are continuing to try and resolve those challenges.

Crews have started construction of 71st Avenue’s new sidewalks north of 20th Street and curb and gutter work will soon continue from 16th through 12th streets.

The 71st Avenue Bridge draws closer to its mid-November completion date. Thursday, October 11, crews poured the final concrete for the bridge. Next workers will apply a coating to the concrete and eventually install a waterproof membrane before paving it with asphalt.

This cold snap hasn’t affected our recent work and the weather is forecasted to improve and warm back up before crews need higher temperatures to continue the asphalt paving work.

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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