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West 14th Street Improvements

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Thanks to voters, this project brings West 14th Street from Galveston Avenue to Simpson Avenue to urban standards with bike lanes and sidewalks. With a $3.5 million budget, it is the eighth and final project funded by the voter approved Transportation Improvement General Obligation (G.O.) Bond. The design will also extend north to Newport Avenue and south to Colorado Avenue. Funding sources for the construction of these additional sections have not yet been determined.

Proposed Improvements

Design progress to date includes the division of the project corridor into three distinct zones of differing character. View the proposed typical sections for each zone:

Zone 1 - Colorado to Simpson Zone 2 - Simpson to Commerce Zone 3 - Commerce to Newport

Estimated Schedule

Public Outreach

  • Open House #1- Held April 03, 2017 at Westside Village Magnet School
  • Open House #2- Tentatively scheduled for August, 2017

Design Schedule

  • 30% Design - COMPLETE
  • Council approved Contract Amendment to Finalize Design – March 1,  2017
  • Final design – April  2018

Construction Schedule

  • Phase I:  Simpson Roundabout (Fall 2017) - GO Bond Funded
  • Phase II: Newport to Galveston (2018) Dependent on 2017-2019 biennial budget approval             Commerce to Simpson (2018) - Go Bond Funded

Project Status Update:

On March 1st 2017, City Council approved a contract amendment allowing the 14th Street Design to proceed from a 30% level to final construction drawings.  Following approval, project efforts have included a continuation of design efforts, with Simpson Roundabout being the initial focus, scheduled for construction in the Fall 2017.  Design for the remainder of the corridor is scheduled to be complete in January, 2018. See the construction schedule for future scheduled construction.

The project team held an open house at the Westside Magnet School on April 3, 2017 in an effort to inform more community members of the upcoming improvements, benefits, and potential impacts to daily travel during construction activities.

April 3, 2017 Open House materials:

As the project progresses the project website will be updated monthly, property owners adjacent to the corridor will be contacted to coordinate improvements at the private property/ROW interface, and a second open house will be scheduled in August, 2017, prior to the Simpson roundabout construction beginning.

As construction approaches please continue to stay apprised of the project details and plan accordingly. We will do all that is possible to lessen the impact on the community. Suggestions are welcome.

Project Background

In 2016 project team staff presented a GO Bond program update to City Council, requesting authority to proceed with the 14th Street Reconstruction Project, the eighth and final GO Bond project. Staff also proposed the extension of project limits due to lacking connectivity, sub-par infrastructure condition, transit planning efforts, recent development, updated City planning efforts, etc. City Council provided authority during the January 20, 2016 regular session and requested staff present 30% level design and estimates upon completion.

Project limits extended north and south to include the following roadway segments:

  • NW 14th Street (NW Galveston Avenue to NW Newport Avenue)
  • SW Century Drive (SW Colorado Avenue to SW Simpson Avenue)

Project team staff presented the 30% design and project estimates to City Council during a work session on December 7, 2016. The presentation and council discussion focused on existing conditions, proposed improvements, class 4 estimates, funding, and next steps. Next steps outlined a proposal to finalize design and outlined the estimated design fee range, schedule and funding sources. City Council voiced support for continuing to final design for the entire length of the corridor, SW Colorado Ave to NW Newport Ave. Project team staff informed City Council that they would return with a contract amendment, including scope and fee, to complete the design.

Project Objectives and Goals

Project goals for the 14th Street improvements have been identified below:

  • Increase safety and mobility for all users and create and environment of walking, biking and transit use.
  • Improve accessibility by removing or providing clearance from obstructions in the sidewalk.
  • Improvements result in a more complete street with the CWP preferred land use scenario. The CWP land use scenario proposes a mixed use land use form that is projected to increase walking, biking, and transit trips thereby reducing vehicle miles traveled.

ZONE 1 - Colorado to Simpson
Zone 1 Colorado Ave to Simpson Ave
The proposed Zone 1 typical section extends from the intersection of SW Colorado Avenue to SW Simpson Avenue. The depiction of the typical section includes a three lane section with two way turn lane, 2 - 11 foot travel lanes, 2 - 8 foot buffered bike lanes, planter strips, and a 8 to 10 foot sidewalk on each side of the corridor. (Concept Plan Draft)

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ZONE 2 - Simpson to Commerce
Zone 2 Simpson Ave to Commerce Ave
The proposed Zone 2 typical section extends from the intersection of SW Simpson Avenue to SW Commerce Avenue. The depiction of the typical section includes a three lane section with two way turn lane, 2 – 10.5 foot travel lanes, 2 - 8 foot buffered bike lanes, planter strips, and a 8 to 10 foot sidewalk on each side of the corridor. (Concept Plan Draft)

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ZONE 3 - Commerce to Newport
Zone 3 Commerce Ave to Newport Ave
The proposed Zone 3 typical section extends from the intersection of SW Commerce Avenue to SW Newport Avenue. The depiction of the typical section includes a two lane section with 2 – 10.5 foot travel lanes, 2 - 7 foot buffered bike lanes, planter strips, and a 6 foot sidewalk on each side of the corridor. (Concept Plan Draft)

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