Thanks to voters approval of the Transportation Bond, the 14th Street Reconstruction Project will commence construction in April, 2018.
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The 14th Street Reconstruction Project is the eighth and final project funded by the voter approved transportation improvement general obligation bond. The bond initially identified the project limits between Simpson and Galveston, however City Council approved the extension for design to Newport Ave (north), and Donovan Ave (south). Funding has been allocated to construct Simpson to Albany, and Newport to Galveston, scheduled for 2018.
Design progress and construction phasing includes the division of the project corridor into four distinct zones of differing location and character. View the proposed typical sections for each zone:
to Simpson Ave
to Albany Ave
to Galveston Ave
to Newport Ave
- Open House #1- Held April 03, 2017 at Westside Village Magnet School
- Open House #2- Tentatively scheduled for March 2018
- 30% Design - 2017 completion
- Council approved Contract Amendment to Finalize Design – March 1, 2017
- Council approved exemption to allow alternative contracting method - November 15, 2017
- Phase I 100% Design - COMPLETE (Simpson to Albany & Galveston to Newport)
- Phase II 100% Design - February, 2018 (Donovan to Simpson & Albany to Galveston)
- Phase I: Simpson Roundabout to NW Albany; NW Galveston to NW Newport (excluding roundabouts) - Scheduled for 2018 Construction
- Phase II: SW Donovan to SW Simpson; NW Albany to NW Galveston (including roundabout) - Construction funding TBD
PROJECT STATUS UPDATE
- Major activities over the last couple months have included meetings with private property owners whose property may be impacted during construction, coordination and planning for the relocation of impacted franchise utilities, meetings with River West Neighborhood Association and businesses in the general vicinity of SW Simpson roundabout.
- The design team is completing final coordination and putting the final touches on the design documents for Phase I construction, with Phase I construction scheduled to begin late March or early April.
- In November the City council approved an alternative contracting method. This will allow the City to consider qualifications along with costs quotes when selecting a contractor to complete Phase I. This method has been utilized recently on other City infrastructure projects and has been proven successful. The City intends to advertise the project in January and select a contractor in February, to go before council on March 7, 2018.
- As part of the Right of Way (ROW) acquisition efforts, impacted property owners have been notified, properties encroaching in the ROW have been notified, and surveyors have marked property corners for encroaching properties. If you have not heard from anyone and think you are encroaching in the ROW or may be impacted during construction, please contact the project engineer.
- The project website will be updated monthly, property owners adjacent to the corridor will be contacted to coordinate improvements and prior to construction, a second open house will be scheduled in March 2018.
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.
In 2016 project team staff presented a GO Bond program update to City Council, requesting authority to proceed with the 14th Street Reconstruction Project, this is 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 meeting 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 the December 7, 2016 meeting. The presentation and council discussion focused on existing conditions, proposed improvements, class 4 estimates( feasibility/study phase), 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 GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
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.
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 - 7 foot buffered bike lanes, planter strips, and a 8 to 10 foot sidewalk on each side of the corridor. (60% Design Exhibit)
The proposed Zone 2 typical section extends from the intersection of SW Simpson Avenue to NW Albany Ave. The depiction of the typical section includes a three lane section with two way turn lane, 2 – 10.5 foot travel lanes, 2 - 7 foot buffered bike lanes, planter strips, and a 8 to 10 foot sidewalk on each side of the corridor.
The proposed Zone 3 typical section extends from the intersection of NW Albany Avenue to NW Galveston 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.
The proposed Zone 4 typical section extends from the intersection of NW Galveston Avenue to NW 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.