Much of the success of a project has to do with how it's perceived. When the traveling public is frustrated and angered by traveling through a construction zone, the experience is remembered. This is one reason good traffic management is important. The other is safety.

Concrete Works of Colorado, Lafayette, Colo., won the contract to do the work. They knew from the start that the Broadway Street project would be very challenging from the standpoint of traffic management. The construction area included nine intersections (seven signalized), a bridge reconstruction, 175 utility locations, 30,000 vehicles per day (on Broadway), 5000 pedestrian and bike crossings at Broadway and Boulder Creek, and 15,000 pedestrian crossings at one of the intersections with Broadway.

To help manage all the traffic situations a full-time traffic manager was onsite at all times. There were weekly meetings to produce a traffic plan based on the contractor's work schedule. The plan had to provide for automobiles, pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit traffic. Utility connections and intersections were completed at night or on weekends when roads could be closed. High-early-strength concrete was used to quickly reopen intersections to full traffic. All regional bus traffic was re-routed outside the construction zone so that traffic wouldn't be slowed down by frequent stops. Local bus service remained but with fewer stops. And to keep the public informed, there were constant communications by newspaper, radio, TV, and inserts in monthly water bills. On days with college football games, holiday shopping and other community events that brought out large numbers of people, the project was shut down.

This was well received, and at the project's completion, the city and local businesses partnered to hold two events; “A Taste of Broadway” and “Light the Holidays,” the latter kicking off the holiday shopping season and celebrating the end of the construction.

  • Contractor: Concrete Works of Colorado, Inc.
  • Engineer: Carter & Burgess, Inc.
  • Sponsor:Colorado DOT—Region 4, Boulder Residency
  • Owner: City of Boulder Public Works Department—Transportation Division

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