Beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 26, the City of Boulder will be improving the streetscape on 15th Street between Arapahoe Avenue and Canyon Boulevard. During the three-month construction, there will be daytime parking restrictions and sidewalk closures, with a sidewalk along one side of the street kept open at all times. Fifteenth Street will remain open to vehicular traffic and access to businesses along 15th Street will be maintained throughout construction.

The city will be adding new, wider sidewalks, trees and grates, an irrigation system, bike racks, recycling and trash receptacles, poles for “15th Street Design District” banners, and new light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights that the city will own and operate.

The city is also collaborating with Boulder High School students to create public art for the new 15th Street design. The student-inspired art includes a creative metal railing and sidewalk prints that gradually transition from human footprints to panther paw prints between Canyon Boulevard and Arapahoe Avenue. The foot and paw prints will be sandblasted and painted into the 15th Street sidewalks, along with design-related quotes.

“Fifteenth Street is an important corridor for Boulder businesses, students, residents and visitors,” said Executive Director of Downtown, University Hill and Parking Services Molly Winter. “The streetscape improvements will enhance the vibrant culture and unique character of the 15th Street Design District.”

The 15th Street (Arapahoe to Canyon) Streetscape Improvements are funded by the 2011 voter-approved Capital Improvement Bond. To view the planned improvements, visit, select “Downtown Improvements,” and then select “15th Street Improvements.” For more information, call Ashlee Herring at 303-413-7315.

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