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Colfax BRT Task Force Meeting December 12, 2019
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  • Colfax BRT Task Force MeetingDecember 12, 2019

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    Agenda1) Colfax BRT Project Updates

    2) Pedestrian Safety & Streetscaping

    3) Funding Background

    4) Design Updates

    5) Project Development & Funding Methodology

    6) Project Timelines

    7) Near Term Projects

    8) Vision Zero Updates

    9) Recommended Next Step

  • Colfax BRT Project Update

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    Colfax BRT Procurement Update

    Colfax BRT NEPA & Preliminary Design Scope Procurement:

    Current Schedule Issue RFP - 1st Quarter 2020 Issue NTP – 3rd Quarter 2020NEPA/PE Duration – 18 to 24 months

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    East Colfax Tentative TimelinePre-Design & Environmental (18 to 24 months)− Determine different transit elements, BRT applications, and length

    − NEPA Work

    − Refine cost estimates and funding plans

    2 Design Engineering(12 to 18 months)

    3 Right of Way (18 to 24 months)

    2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028

    4Construction(18 to 24 months)

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    Colfax BRT Project ScopeNEPA and Preliminary Design Scope Elements:

    Environmental Assessment, NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Preliminary Design (survey, ROW, roadway plans, BRT Stations, utilities, drainage, signals, phasing) Travel Modal and Traffic Analysis Public and stakeholder involvement and coordination Cost Estimates FTA CIG (Capital Investment Grant) Application Financial and Funding Analysis

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    NEPA ProcessScoping

    Decision on Preferred Alternative and disclosure of impacts Evaluation of alternativesScoping

    Determine the scale of the projectNotify the public and stakeholders and ask for their future involvementDetermine the NEPA class of action: Categorical ExclusionEnvironmental AssessmentEnvironmental Impact Statement

    Purpose and Need

    Develop problem statement Identify the need for the projectPerform operational analysis for existing conditionsDevelop goals and objectives for the project

    Evaluate Alternatives

    Develop a reasonable range of alternatives to solve the problemsDetermine meaningful criteria to evaluate the alternatives

    Operational criteriaEnvironmental criteria

    Select a Preferred Alternative

    Document Environmental Impacts

    Describe alternatives being considered, including No Action alternativeDisclose impacts to natural and human environmental resourcesProvide mitigation commitments to reduce the impacts where appropriate and reasonable

    Decision Document

    Lead Agency signs the NEPA decision documentPublic notice of decision

    Public and Stakeholder Outreach at Milestones

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    NEPA Preliminary Design ProcessThe NEPA preliminary design process will include incorporating aspects of streetscaping elements into design. This will include:

    • Safety improvements such as medians and bulb-outs

    • Consideration of aesthetic features (i.e. pavers, stamped concrete)

    • Opportunities for water quality features• Placement of pedestrian scale lighting• Placement of street furnishings

    City will involve the BIDs in design process.

  • Pedestrian Safety & Streetscaping Process and Schedule Update

  • Funding Background

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    Elevate Denver Funding• $20 million approved in Elevate Denver Bond for Pedestrian

    Safety Improvements and Streetscaping within four Colfax BIDs• Early Assumptions

    • Funds would be used to make pedestrian safety improvements in Bluebird and West Colfax BID areas, informed by design plans.

    • Funds would be used to make pedestrian safety and streetscaping enhancements in Colfax and Mayfair BID areas, informed by respective streetscape master plans.

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    BID Plans Informed the Amount of the Bond Request

    • Funding amount based on cost estimates of preliminary engineering designs (West Colfax/ Bluebird) or streetscape plans (Colfax/ Mayfair) from each BID.

    • BID cost estimates included construction, design, and contingency

    • Cost estimates and designs were based on side-running BRT at time.

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    How was $20 million determined?Based on cost estimates provided by Colfax BIDs:

    • Design and construction costs were pulled from each

    plan and totaled.

    • A 20% contingency was added to design and 20%

    contingency was added to construction.

    • 5% was added for Water Quality

    • 1% was added for Public ArtTotal cost was estimated to be ~20 million

  • Design Updates

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    Factors that have Changed Since Bond Process Began

    East Colfax• Based on community input, a decision to move from side-running to center-running BRT was made after

    Elevate Denver bond process was complete

    • The design change from side-running to center-running BRT greatly alters the envelope of the pedestrian and streetscape improvements, meaning the cost estimates assumed for streetscaping work are no longer accurate

    • Additional funding opportunities may be available to strengthen project

    West Colfax

    • The City has modified designs based on public input process and future need

    • Community desire for landscaping in medians wasn’t considered in bond cost estimates for West Colfax

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    Incorporating Streetscaping + Pedestrian Safety with Center-Running BRT Design

    Streetscaping Improvements(based on side-running BRT)

    Streetscaping Improvements(based on center-running BRT)

    Pedestrian Lighting

    Furnishings

    Trash Receptacles

    Street Trees

    Pavers or Stamped Concrete

    Banners/ Wayfinding

  • Project Development & Funding Methodology

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    Goal is to leverage funding and strengthen project that results in the following outcomes:

    • Meet broader community vision & goals• Delivering a multi-modal corridor• Expanding tree canopy• Improving air & water quality

    • Supports local needs along the corridor• Highest quality project possible• Meet safety needs of entire corridor

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    East & West Colfax Stakeholders

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    East Colfax Project Development ProcessPlan• Align plan for Colfax with city goals and values• Coordination between partners to define project

    Design• Initiate preliminary (NEPA) design process• Produce cost estimates to understand need

    Programmatic• Investigate additional funding opportunities to leverage• Coordination on design with partners to align values and

    needs

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    Plan• Align plan for Colfax with city goals and values• Coordination between partners to define project

    Design• Initiate preliminary design process• Produce cost estimates to understand need

    Programmatic• Investigate additional funding opportunities to leverage• Coordination on design with partners to align values and

    needs

    West Colfax Project Development Process

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    • Cost estimates will be developed for each design on East and West Colfax

    • Costs are likely to exceed funding so additional funding sources will be leveraged

    • Leveraging additional funding will allow the City to build a more complete project

    • Once the appropriate funding stacks are in place, funding from each source will be allocated accordingly

    Funding Summary

  • Timelines

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    Tentative Project TimelinesThe improvements on West Colfax are on a different time-line than the improvements on East Colfax.

    • The design for East Colfax is being coordinated with BRT

    • NEPA and Preliminary Design process will be initiated in 2020.

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    West Colfax Tentative Timeline

    2 Design Engineering(12 to 18 months)

    3 Construction(24+ months)

    2018 2019 2020 2021 2022

    Planning (12 to 15 months)− Public Outreach

    − Concept Development & Refinement

    1

    2023

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    1

    East Colfax Tentative TimelinePre-Design & Environmental (18 to 24 months)− Determine different transit elements, BRT applications, and length

    − NEPA Work

    − Refine cost estimates and funding plans

    2 Design Engineering(12 to 18 months)

    3 Right of Way (18 to 24 months)

    2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028

    4Construction(18 to 24 months)

  • Near Term Projects

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    UNear Term Streetscaping- East Colfax

    “Soft” Streetscape Elements

    Furnishings

    Trash Receptacles

    Bike Racks

    Given the timeline of the BRT project, we will be moving forward with the soft streetscaping elements that were recommended from the BID plans.

    • Funding outside of Elevate Denver Bond will be used to move forward with the soft elements ahead of the BRT project.

    • Soft elements are those that can be installed and then be moved and reinstalled after BRT construction.

    • BIDs will be involved in picking the “pallet” of furnishings to build off visions in streetscape master plans.

    • The soft furnishings will help reinforce the unique character areas of Colfax that were established in the streetscape master plans.

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    UNear Term Streetscaping- East Colfax

    Near-Term (Prior to BRT Construction)

    “Soft” Streetscape Elements

    Furnishings

    Trash Receptacles

    Bike Racks

    “Hard” Streetscape Elements

    Long-Term (During BRT Construction)

    Pedestrian Lighting/ Banner Poles

    Street Trees

    Pavers or Stamped Concrete

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    Colfax Wide Safety PrioritiesIt is critical to leverage funds to make safety improvements corridor wide.

    35 priority intersectionsCriteria• Public Works Equity Index• Injury & Fatal Crashes• Crashes• Current & Future Land-use• Distance between signals

    Colfax Safety Priority IntersectionsBID Area #West Colfax 9Colfax 12Bluebird 1Mayfair 6Other 7

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    Vision Zero Safety ImprovementsNear term Improvements at following intersections:• Grant• Logan• Pearl• Washington• Clarkson• Lafayette• High• Adams• Hudson• Krameria• Monaco• Unita• Valentia• Verbena• Wabash

    Construction Spring 2020

    Temporary Bulb-outs

    Restricted Right TurnsTemporary Median

    Example Vision Zero Improvements at Colfax & Adams

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    Colfax & FairfaxPublic Works is evaluating the option for adding a signal at this location:

    • A review has been completed of pedestrian crossing behavior

    • A HAWK signal may therefore be warranted but a formal pedestrian crossing analysis is needed as well as approval from CDOT.

    • We will be ordering traffic volume counts to determine if a full signal is warranted.

    • Removal of the eastbound left turn pocket to the alley (with paint and bollards) is being considered to provide an informal pedestrian refuge space.

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    Stormwater Improvement Project• Upsizing stormwater pipe under East Colfax

    Avenue at Jackson Street

    • Providing more capacity to carry stormwater to reduce recurrent flooding

    • Anticipated construction timeline: January – June 2020

    • Drivers will shift to south two vehicle lanes while excavation occurs on north side.

    • Then, drivers will shift to north two vehicle lanes while excavation occurs on south side.

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    Next Steps• Strategy/Scoping Meeting w/BIDs to determine next steps for

    near term improvement• Quarterly Task Force Meetings (On-going)• Internal Coordination (On-going)• CDOT & RTD Coordination (On-going)• West Colfax design process to kick off (Q2 2020)• NEPA Process to kick-off (Q3 2020)

    Colfax BRT Task Force Meeting�December 12, 2019AgendaColfax BRT Project UpdateColfax BRT Procurement UpdateSlide Number 5Colfax BRT Project ScopeNEPA ProcessNEPA Preliminary Design ProcessPedestrian Safety & Streetscaping �Process and Schedule UpdateFunding BackgroundElevate Denver FundingBID Plans Informed the Amount of the Bond RequestHow was $20 million determined?Design UpdatesFactors that have Changed Since Bond Process BeganIncorporating Streetscaping + Pedestrian Safety with Center-Running BRT DesignProject Development & Funding MethodologyGoal is to leverage funding and strengthen project that results in the following outcomes:East & West Colfax StakeholdersEast Colfax Project Development ProcessWest Colfax Project Development ProcessFunding SummaryTimelinesTentative Project TimelinesSlide Number 25Slide Number 26Near Term ProjectsSlide Number 28Slide Number 29Slide Number 30Slide Number 31Slide Number 32Stormwater Improvement Project�Next Steps


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