The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) utilizes the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to identify all federally funded transportation projects in the Denver region over a six-year period. In response to the 2012-2017 TIP solicitation, the City of Arvada submitted seven project applications for consideration. The selection process applied criteria and ranked over one-hundred competing projects to maximize benefits to the regional transportation system, which resulted in three of Arvada’s projects to advance for further prioritization. DRCOG and its working groups vetted the submitted applications and developed alternative scenarios that will sponsor two of Arvada’s selected projects – Kipling Parkway (Van Bibber Creek) Trail Underpass and the Ridge Road Widening and Bike-Pedestrian project for a total of $2,400,000 in grant funding.
Ridge Road Widening & Bike-Pedestrian Project
The planned FasTracks Gold Line station platform along Ridge Road requires continuous walkways and bike lanes to serve Arvada and Wheat Ridge residents accessing transit. The most critical segment of the project is the narrow bridge and roadway between Kipling Parkway and Miller Street. As a result, the project will install a pedestrian bridge and widen Ridge Road to allow on-street bike lanes in both directions as well as a pedestrian walkway on the north side of the road from Independence Street to Miller Street. The road improvement will also link neighborhood residents to recreational, retail, and educational destinations in the vicinity of Ridge Road. The City was awarded $800,000 with the 20% matching fund contribution of $200,000. The project is currently in the planning phase and will be designed and constructed by 2015.
Kipling Parkway (Van Bibber Creek) Trail Underpass
The plan is to construct an underpass that will allow bicyclists and pedestrians to cross Kipling Parkway near W 56th Pl and extend Van Bibber Creek Trail from Oak Street to Grandview Avenue. This connection is in preparation for the 2016 commencement of the Gold Line commuter rail system and also links Arvada’s intermodal transportation network with bicycle-pedestrian facilities in the City of Wheat Ridge. Additionally, the project will benefit neighborhood residents accessing retail, sport, and recreational destinations in the vicinity of Kipling Parkway. The City was awarded $1,600,000 with the 20% matching funds contribution of $400,000. The project is currently in the planning phase and will be designed and constructed by 2016.
The City is committed to completing Arvada’s transportation network and regularly seeks outside funding opportunities to facilitate local roadway improvements. The City of Arvada is enhancing pedestrian and bicycle connectivity to promote walking, biking, and transit access to ease traffic congestion and create an inviting atmosphere within the community.