Needham Connect  

Transportation Alternatives Program & Safe Routes to School

Needham Connect Phase 2 is Complete Ahead of Schedule

October 5, 2020: The City of Durango’s project contractor, Ridgway Valley Enterprises, Inc., has completed construction of the Safe Routes to School Needham Connect Phase 2 Project ahead of schedule. This project improves safety and accessibility by calming traffic and replacing sidewalks and curb ramps on Columbine Drive from Cottonwood Drive to Clovis Drive.  

City staff will host a construction follow-up meeting on Thursday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m. to provide landscaping options and a roadway reconstruction update. The meeting will be held outdoors on the City-owned parcel on the corner of Columbine Drive and Cottonwood Drive to allow for social distancing. Please wear masks. 

Columbine Drive is scheduled for roadway reconstruction in 2021 from Cottonwood Dive to Clovis Drive. It will be funded through the 2019 Half Cent Sales Tax. A representative from the City Streets division will be present at the October 22 meeting to answer questions related to the project. The City’s Parks Division will be installing landscaping along Columbine Drive in conjunction with the road reconstruction project. Staff will present landscape options to property owners who live adjacent to the new landscape strips during the October 22 meeting. 

The Needham Connect Phase 2 project included installation of bump-outs along the length of Columbine Drive. Bump-outs are curb extensions that help calm traffic, increase safety, and provide more opportunity for green space in the neighborhood. Please note that it is illegal to park adjacent to bump-outs, and No Parking signs will be installed. Cars parked in No Parking zones at bump-outs are in violation of City Code of Ordinances (O-2014-44, § 2, 12-16-14)) and subject to fine.

Needham Connect Phase 2 was identified in the Multimodal Transportation Plan as a high priority safety project. It was funded through a Safe Routes to School grant ($350,000), a Transportation Alternatives grant ($552,192) and the 2015 Half Cent Sales Tax ($1,297,808). 

If you are unable to attend the meeting or have any questions or concerns, please call (970) 764-5994

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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. The project will focus on calming traffic and increasing the safety of school children accessing Needham Elementary School by improving the infrastructure. Enhancements will consist of removing the old and deteriorating sidewalk, installing new sidewalks, installing American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps and improving bicycle facilities. The new ramps will be in compliance with the Public Right of Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG) requirements.   Crews will also make minor drainage improvements and asphalt repair.

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.