The original item was published from November 2, 2021 9:50 AM to September 7, 2023 8:31 AM
The South Kipling Parkway Sidewalk and Intersection Improvements project consists of constructing a missing section of eight-foot-wide sidewalk from West Geddes Avenue to West Coal Mine Avenue along the east side of South Kipling Parkway. A connection to Dutch Creek Regional Trail will be installed near the intersection of South Kipling Parkway and West Meadows Drive. Pedestrian crossing improvements and traffic signal upgrades will take place at West Roxbury Avenue, West Meadows Drive, and West Fair Avenue. These improvements include new traffic signals, pedestrian crossings at the south of each intersection, and upgraded pedestrian curb ramps.
Jefferson County hired a consultant to study the impacts any construction might have to the prairie dog colony located within the project area. The study concluded that there would be less than 1% of permanent habitat impacts from the construction and was deemed insignificant.
Under recommendation of the consultants, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Jefferson County, the General Contractor, Concrete Express Inc. (CEI) contracted Smith Environmental and Engineering to passively relocate any remaining prairie dogs through Reverse Dispersal Translocation, a method developed by Pam Wanek. Reverse Dispersal Translocation method will be used in which prairie dogs are moved without physically handling them. This method is considered as a non-lethal management option and works with the behavior, biology and habitat needs of the animal. Construction will be allowed to start in areas that contain the prairie dogs only after they have been properly relocated.
The project consists of two phases. The first phase included the traffic signal and intersection upgrades. This portion of the project was awarded to the low bidder, Goodland Construction. Construction of the new intersections were completed in November 2022.
Jefferson County awarded the sidewalk portion of the project to CEI, in the amount of $1,979,562.00. The scope of this portion of the project includes earthwork, concrete sidewalk, retaining walls, drainage improvements, and site restoration. Construction will begin in late summer of 2023 and is anticipated to be completed in December 2023.
The general contractor, CEI, is expected to begin work on the South Kipling Parkway Sidewalk project the week of August 28th. The contractor will mobilize to the site, set up erosion control and traffic control devices, then proceed with earthwork and construction of new sidewalk beginning at the south end of the project near West Geddes Avenue.
If you have additional project questions or concerns, please call 303-271-8495.
See For Construction Plans (PDF) (38.6 MB).