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Needham Connect: Transportation Alternatives Program and Safe Routes to School
columbine drNeedham Connect Phase 2 Project 

Total Project Cost: 
$1.2 million
Project Grant Funding: Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant $552,192 and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant $350,000
Local Match Total (Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund): $297,808

The Needham Connect Phase 2 project will improve sidewalks, calm traffic and provide bicycle facilities along Columbine Dr between Cottonwood Dr and Clovis Dr.

The project is funded by a $552,192 Transportation Alternatives Program grant and a $350,000 Safe Routes to School grant, with a $1.2 million total construction cost.

Status: The third and final neighborhood meeting was held on Wednesday, March 7 for the project design.

During the meeting on March 7 at Needham Elementary School, 24 neighbors and community members voiced their input on how they would like to see Columbine Dr improved. The meeting included a discussion of landscape strip preferences and driveway options.

SET Engineering completed 30% design plans in mid-November 2017 and a design review meeting was held with City and CDOT staff on Wednesday, January 10.

Next Steps:
Design will be finalized by late summer 2018, and construction is anticipated in 2019. Stay tuned for design updates! The City will continue to provide updates on the design process.  

View Public Comment Log (updated as comments are received)
View 30% Design Plans
View Multimodal Transportation Plan Proposed Columbine Dr Improvements
March 7 Meeting Photo from March 7, 2018 neighborhood meeting of map comments related to landscaping options.

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Photos from October 5, 2017 neighborhood meeting of map comments related to bulbout location options.

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Photos from May 11, 2017 neighborhood meeting of cross section options.

Needham Connect Phase 1 Project Completion

October 12, 2016 - The recently completed Needham Connect Phase 1 project increases safety and accessibility for all sidewalk and road users. Highlighted in the 2012 Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan as a high-priority safety project, the Needham Connect Phase 1 project was funded with a $291,000 Safe Routes to School grant in 2015. Construction of the project was completed this summer.

The projects bring sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City's Land Use Development Code and provide much needed safety and accessibility improvements for students, parents, families, teachers and the neighborhood. 

View footage of the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on October 12, 2016:

 

Check out the video and article in the Herald hereTo see more pictures, stroll over the Facebook album.

Before and After Photos for the Needham Connect Phase 1 Project:

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Before and after improvements on Arroyo Drive looking West towards Delwood Avenue.

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Before and after improvements on Columbine Drive looking south towards San Juan Drive.


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The Walk n' Roll-a-thon at Needham Elementary in April 2015 celebrated biking and walking to school,
as well as the kick-off of the Needham Connect Phase 1 Project.