Table Mesa Pedestrian Bridge is open
RTD's FasTracks program achieves yet another milestone. The Table Mesa pedestrian bridge and associated elevators, stairs and boarding plaza are all open.
On Monday, April 29, 2013, nearly 400 commuters used the new Table Mesa pedestrian bridge to catch their eastbound bus at Table Mesa Dr.! Fresh fruit, granola bars and juice greeted riders as they waited for their bus.
Table Mesa Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Friday, May 3 10 a.m.
The ceremony will start on the roof of the Table Mesa parking garage at 10 a.m. with comments from RTD Director Chuck Sisk, Boulder Mayor Matt Appelbaum, Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner and RTD General Manager Phil Washington. Everyone will then go down one level to the entrance of the pedestrian bridge for the ribbon-cutting and a walk across the new bridge to the bus plaza for refreshments.
The Table Mesa Bridge was set in place in September 2012 and connects the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride with eastbound bus connections, saving two-to-three minutes of travel time for commuters heading to Denver from Boulder.
The bridge is an integral part of the US 36 Bus Rapid Transit project. A collaborative partnership between RTD and CDOT, the BRT project will provide 18 miles of bus rapid transit service between downtown Denver and Boulder along US Highway 36.
Concessionaire selected for US 36 Phase II construction
On April 5, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) selected Plenary Roads Denver as the concessionaire for the final phase of the US 36 Express Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit project between 88th Street and Table Mesa. This will complete improvements to the entire US 36 corridor between Denver and Boulder.
The project is CDOT's first public-private partnership (P3), a partnership where the public and private sectors team together to provide transportation improvements and services to the public. CDOT and HPTE will enter into a 50-year agreement with Plenary Roads Denver. The team is comprised of The Plenary Group (team lead and managing partner); Ames Construction (construction); Granite Construction (construction); HDR (engineering design); Transfield Services (maintenance); and Goldman Sachs (financial advisor). For more information, click here.
Time Lapse Video: Bridge progress happens right before your eyes
Girders were installed on the Wadsworth Parkway bridge above US 36 March 21-April 4. Watch this happen at break neck speed in the time lapse video below. Check out the moon as it raced across the sky a couple of times.
This bridge is one of five bridges being replaced as part of the US 36 Express Lanes Project, a collaborative partnership between RTD, Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise.
Chuck Sisk sworn in as new District O RTD Board Member
At a special Board meeting on February 5, ChuckSisk was sworn in as RTD's newest Board member. The Boulder County Board of Commissioners appointed Sisk to fill the vacancy until voters choose a Director for District O in November 2014. Director Sisk succeeds John Tayer, who resigned after being named president and CEO of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.
District O includes Boulder, Louisville, Superior, Lyons, Hygiene, Niwot and Gunbarrel, as well as parts of Longmont southwest of Mountain View Avenue and Hover Street.
Director Sisk served for eight years as mayor of Louisville and has served on a regional coalition of mayors and county commissioners promoting multi-modal transportation improvements for the U.S. Highway 36 corridor and was chair of the Metro Mayors Caucus in 2007. He is currently a member of the 36 Commuting Solutions, a private and public advocacy group for multi-modal transportation solutions, and is a partner in Hurth, Sisk & Blakemore LLP, a Boulder-based law firm. He's also a former (20-year) college football referee in the Mountain West Athletic Conference.
US 36 Station canopy design selected
The design for the new canopies for the BRT stations along US 36 has been selected. This rendering is a conceptual drawing of the winning design. The final color scheme will be selected in 2013.
Construction underway on US 36 Express Lanes
On July 22, 2012, CDOT and RTD began construction on the US 36 Express Lanes Project. This $312 million multi-modal project along US 36 between Federal Boulevard and 88th Street in Louisville/Superior will build an express lane in each direction to accommodate HOV, Bus Rapid Transit and tolled Single Occupancy Vehicles. In addition, the project will replace several bridges, build a commuter bikeway, add Bus Rapid Transit improvements, and install Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit, and traveler information, and incident management. The project is scheduled to be completed in January 2015. For more information, please click here.
The Ames Granite Joint Venture team is the design-build contractor for the project, which is scheduled to open to the public in January 2015. Public meetings were conducted in Broomfield, Westminster and Boulder.
RTD commits $15 million for Express Lane build-out to Table Mesa
On July 24, the RTD Board of Directors unanimously voted to commit $15 million to CDOT and the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise for phase 2 of the US 36 express lanes project, which will extend from 88th St. to Table Mesa. A 2.5 percent local match will be provided by the corridor's stakeholders.
Ames/Granite Joint Venture was chosen as the design-build contractor for the managed lanes to 88th Street (approximately 1.5 miles west of Interlocken/96th Street). The project is scheduled to be completed by January 2015, which is ahead of schedule by about five months.
For more information on this project, click here.