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What: Local leaders will celebrate the completion of the Broadway and Euclid construction project at a public event featuring live music, refreshments and an information table

When: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday

Where: East side of the new Broadway/Euclid underpass

It's the end of the road for Boulder's $7.4 million construction project at Broadway and Euclid Avenue.

Officially completed, the work is being heralded by city and university leaders as bringing vast safety improvements to the main entrance to the University of Colorado campus.

Leaders from the city of Boulder, CU, the county and the Regional Transportation District will celebrate the milestone at a public event Friday.

The project -- which sets a Boulder record for the number of funding sources supporting it -- could be a blueprint for how local officials seek to fund projects in the future.

"It was pretty darn pricey," said City Councilman Tim Plass. "The city couldn't have done it alone, so for us to leverage the funds is huge."

Stephany Westhusin, transportation project coordinator for the city, said the Broadway and Euclid makeover is an example of how being flexible, building partnerships and pooling money can help complete a project.


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The total project budget was $7.4 million, with $3.4 million in federal transportation money. Other funding sources included the city, CU, Boulder County, RTD and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Broadway and Euclid intersection has long been a heavily trafficked area by cars, buses, pedestrians and bicyclists. In 2006, local leaders began considering how they could address safety and traffic needs in the area, according to Noreen Walsh, transportation manager for the city.

The project expanded transit stops along Broadway. The bus pullouts prior to construction were about 80 feet long, and now they're 200 feet long, according to Tracy Winfree, director of public works for transportation.

The project also constructed a new bicycle and pedestrian underpass beneath Broadway and Euclid. It reconfigured the existing Broadway and Euclid four-way intersection into two "T" intersections, with a full traffic signal at Broadway and 18th Street and a pedestrian traffic signal at Broadway and 17th Street.

City Councilman Ken Wilson -- who lives on University Hill and gets off the bus at the Broadway and Euclid stop -- said the improvements created a more open, welcoming area outside the University Memorial Center. Prior to the project, he was once in the crosswalk on his bike and tapped by a distracted driver, he said.

"The underpass is much safer," he said. "Bikes and pedestrians can just zip right under there."

At the public dedication Friday, CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano plans to thank the numerous funding agencies and to thank students, employees and community members who endured the delays and obstacles during construction.

Students last semester had to plan up to an extra 30 minutes for their bus trips to the campus because of construction delays.

The majority of the construction was completed about two months ago, before the start of the school year. Mike Banuelos, a spokesman for the city's public works department, said crews have been putting final touches on the project, including landscaping.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Brittany Anas at 303-473-1132 or anasb@dailycamera.com.