Needham Connect: Transportation Alternatives Program and Safe Routes to School

Needham Connect public meeting canceled

Needham Connect Phase 2 Project Construction 

3/20/20 Status: The pre-construction neighborhood kick-off meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Please stay tuned for a rescheduled virtual meeting. Construction is still anticipated to begin on May 4, 2020. 

Any questions regarding construction can be directed to:

John McCollum, Project Manager for Ridgway Valley Enterprises
(970) 249-9453 (ext. 22) 

There will be road closures during construction. Residents will be able to access their homes. The City requests they park in driveways during construction. The anticipated construction schedule is as follows: 

  • Columbine Drive from Cottonwood Drive to Needham Circle is anticipated to be closed May 11 through July 6. 
  • Columbine Drive from Needham Circle to Thomas Avenue is anticipated to be closed July 13 through August 17. 
  • Columbine Drive from Thomas Avenue to Butte Drive is anticipated to be closed August 24 through September 28.  
  • Columbine Drive from Butte Drive to Clovis Drive is anticipated to be closed October 5 through November 23.

Project updates will be posted here throughout construction. 

For more information, please call (970) 375-4901 or email Multi Modal Transit.

2/13/20 Status: SET Engineering completed design plans in late February 2019. The project was re-advertised for bids on October 30, 2019. The City awarded the construction contract to Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc. on January 27, 2020. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin on May 4, 2020.

Needham Connect Phase 2 Details

Total Construction Project Cost: $2.2 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): $1,297,808

The Needham Connect Phase 2 project was identified as a high priority project in the Multimodal Transportation Plan. The project will improve sidewalks, calm traffic and provide bicycle facilities along Columbine Dr between Cottonwood Dr and Clovis Dr. 

View Public Comment Log (PDF) 
View Final Design Plans (PDF)
View 95% Design Plans (PDF)
View 30% Design Plans (PDF)
View Multimodal Transportation Plan Proposed Columbine Dr Improvements (PDF)

During a public meeting on March 7, 2018 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.

March 7 Meeting  

Photo from March 7, 2018 neighborhood meeting of map comments related to landscaping options.

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



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 here. To see more pictures, stroll over the Facebook album.

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

BA Arroyo.jpgBefore 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. 

For more information, please call (970) 375-4901 or email Multi Modal Transit.