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Planned North Broadway construction project gets bike upgrades

Mobile home park residents concerned plans still call for main entrance closure

Cyclists Mario Gambacorta, left, and Danon Kloster, both of Team Rapha, go for a ride southbound on Broadway in North Boulder on Thursday.
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Editor’s note: The headline on this story has been updated to better reflect that upgrades to bicycle infrastructure in the planned North Broadway construction project are not responsible for the closure of Ponderosa Mobile Home Park’s entrance from Broadway. City code requires that a property that has frontage on more than one street, alley or public access shall locate its access or curb cut on the lowest category street, alley or public access frontage.

Boulder’s cyclists are more excited for the slated changes to north Broadway than residents of the Ponderosa mobile home park.

Boulder Transportation Advisory Board member Mark McIntyre on Monday lauded tweaks recommended to the planned reconstruction of the city’s central north-south arterial from Violet Avenue to U.S. 36. He is ecstatic they include the building of raised bike lanes on Broadway, with a 2-foot-wide “mountable curb” establishing separate vertical grades from the vehicle traffic for the 5-foot-wide bike lanes in each direction from Violet to Lee Hill.

On Broadway’s west side, current plans also call for a 10-foot-wide multiuse path to be used by pedestrians and cyclists also will be installed.

The bicycle facilities are adding $400,000 to $600,000 in costs to the original project budget, which was $8.3 million, with $6.2 million covered by federal funds.

“We get so much more than what was originally proposed,” McIntyre said.

“… I am excited and proud that our Transportation Advisory Board and staff made cycling and pedestrian safety a priority for the north Broadway reconstruction project. We all worked together, really reached, and blew right by the unacceptable status-quo,” he tweeted.

But residents of the Ponderosa mobile home park are upset the main entrance into their neighborhood off of Broadway will be shut down permanently once the road construction begins.

The additional bicycle facilities are not necessitating the Ponderosa entrance closure, but rather a city policy to move residential connections to Boulder’s road network off of arterials and onto less busy streets during redevelopment projects, Boulder spokeswoman Meghan Wilson said.

City code states a “property that has frontage on more than one street, alley or public access shall locate its access or curb cut on the lowest category street, alley or public access frontage. If more than one access point or curb cut is necessary, an additional access or curb cut will be permitted only where the proposed access or curb cut satisfies the requirements in this section.”

Wilson said two entrances will be added to Ponderosa during the project, but resident Ed Zick worries the plan to turn the mobile home park’s border with Cherry Street into one will put kids who play near what is now considered the rear of the neighborhood in harm’s way because the driveway there is narrow. He also feels Cherry, which he said presents danger to drivers because of its curve by Ponderosa, could become too busy with additional traffic from more frequent use by mobile home residents.

Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

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