City planners received mostly positive feedback from University of Colorado students and Boulder residents after initial design plans were presented Monday evening for a proposed pedestrian underpass at Broadway and Euclid Avenue.
Nearly 20 people attended the presentation at CU, where city project designers explained their preliminary design plans for the $7.4 million project with maps and rooftop visuals of the current and future layout.
Concerns were voiced throughout the 90-minute presentation, but the majority in attendance said they were satisfied with the initial design and the city’s promise to consider the concerns addressed in the open house.
Set to begin in summer 2011, construction plans along Broadway between Euclid and 18th Street include expansion of several transit stops, improvement of multipurpose paths, including an underpass at Euclid, and decreasing congestion of pedestrian and automotive traffic on Broadway.
CU senior Stuart Hayden said he was impressed with the overall design of the plan, despite concerns about construction inconveniences for students.
“It’s not going to affect me because I’ll be gone by then,” Hayden said, “but I wouldn’t want to deal with weaving between construction zones to get to class.”
Hayden currently takes a bus to and from campus and said he would have to adjust his route by getting off one stop earlier or later to avoid the construction. Such a minor adjustment might be worth the end result of campus improvements.
Boulder native Kurt Nordback said the plans seemed likely to improve traffic flow for buses and cars, but he said he’s not convinced the plan is the best option for his personal needs.
“I ride my bike to work everyday and to the Hill a lot, too, and I just feel like this design might make it harder for bicyclers like me,” Nordback said.
After other concerns were voiced during an open question-and-answer session and one-on-one discussions, Boulder senior transportation planner Noreen Walsh said the concerns will help dictate further development of the plans.
As the design continues to progress, extra consideration will be given to landscaping adjustments and safety features based on Monday night’s feedback, Walsh said.