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.
With warming weather — this week aside— the 71st Avenue expansion project nears a final completion scheduled for the start of next month.
Most of what remains consists of building a few final fences and finishing the landscaping work.
On the landscaping front, the irrigation work has been wrapping up and, as weather allows, planting will begin along the 71st Avenue corridor. Many trees will go into the landscaping between the sidewalks and road and shrubs will go into the medians, with native grasses seeded throughout.
There is not much more to do on the city’s side of the project, however, some non-city utilities still have projects planned for that corridor and community members may notice work related to those projects in the future.
• 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.