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Morton Heights Concrete Improvements and Safe Routes to School Project

Morton Heights Concrete and Safe Routes to School Project

Drainage Improvements Start Dec. 13, 2021 – Travel detours required

In advance of the larger sidewalk, trail, and roadway project planned for the summer of 2022, the county must complete drainage improvements along Walker Road (see below for more information). To safely facilitate the project, traffic on Walker Avenue will be limited to southbound only, which means traffic will only be able to enter onto Walker from Niwot Road and not exit. A temporary traffic signal will be installed at Paiute Avenue during construction so residents and school staff and visitors can safely exit the area. The multi-use path and crosswalk at Niwot Road and Walker Avenue will remain open during construction. View a map of the traffic control plan for more details on detour routes. The project is expected to take seven weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Full Construction PlansMorton Heights design plan set cover image

Planned Improvements

Temporary Two-Way Cycle Track Becomes Permanent

An asphalt cycle track was installed in the fall of 2017 as a temporary measure to improve the safety to children and parents that walk or ride their bikes to Niwot Elementary School. See photo below. We have received positive feedback from the installation and use of the cycle track and have decided to make it a permanent feature in the 2022 Paving, Drainage, and Sidewalk improvements project. Designs are shown below. This work will take place in the summer of 2022.

Niwot Elementary temporary cycle track

New Eight-Foot Wide Multi-Use Concrete Path

The existing sidewalk that runs along Walker Avenue will be replaced with an 8-foot wide concrete multi-use path attached to a concrete curb and gutter.

Drainage Improvements – Start Dec. 13, 2021

The area around the outside of Niwot Elementary School, along with Walker Avenue and the western end of Morton Road, will receive storm drainage improvements. Storm inlets, pipes, and manholes will be installed to contain the stormwater runoff. Additionally, the storm system will be fitted with a device that is designed to prevent trash or floating debris from entering the Boulder White Rock Ditch, which will help prevent pollution and provide cleaner waterways.

Raised Crosswalk

A raised crosswalk, also known as a “speed table,” will be installed at the main Niwot Elementary school entrance/exit point on Morton Road. The crosswalk will connect the two-way cycle track and will be 3-inches higher than the surrounding pavement. The raised crosswalk will span the entire width of Morton Road. Example image shown below.

Speed table example

Marathon Road New Six-Foot Wide Concrete Sidewalk

A new 6-foot wide sidewalk will be installed on the north side of Marathon Road from Walker Road to the rear school access. This new sidewalk will provide easy access to the south entrance of Niwot Elementary School.

Pavement Improvements

After the drainage and concrete improvements are constructed, Morton Road and portions of Walker and Paiute avenues will be repaved.

Trail Connection Improvements

In addition to the sidewalk and drainage improvements listed above, improved trail connections will be provided at the following locations:

  • Morton Road/Paiute Avenue – A proposed concrete trail connection will tie Morton Heights to the existing Niwot Hills Trail
  • Comanche Road/Paiute Avenue – A proposed crusher fine (small gravel) trail connection will also tie Morton Heights to the existing Niwot Hills Trail

Public Meetings

No public meetings are currently scheduled.

Previous Meetings

  • May 16, 2018 – Transportation staff presented updated plans on the proposed improvements shown in the images above.
  • June 8, 2017 – Boulder County Transportation present plans (available below) for installing new and replacement sidewalks, curbs, and ramps in Morton Heights to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the elementary school. Most of the planned improvements will take place on Walker Road and Morton Road.

Provide Input & Ask Questions

If you have feedback or a question, please contact Dave Webster via email or call 303-441-3900.

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