Federal and Bowles Intersection Update

The Littleton Public Works Department is continuing work on the Federal and Bowles project. The TABOR override provided $545,000 for this project, enough funds to move safety improvements forward but not enough for the ultimate intersection changes. Federal and Bowles is the city’s highest accident intersection excluding those along South Santa Fe Drive. This location has a history of accidents related to sight lines for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists as well as a mix of arterial streets and recreational trails. The location carries 46,000 vehicles daily and in the past five years, 108 accidents occurred including three with bicycles and pedestrians. The first stage included design to develop a project to greatly improve safety which included multiple public engagement opportunities. The city is now working on construction drawings for Phase 1, which will then go out to bid.

The work includes:

• Modifications to the north leg by removing a portion of the center median

• Narrowing the lanes and shifting them to the east (creating safer movements while maintaining flow)

• Signal modifications

• A new channelized island in the northwest corner for the southbound right maneuver Additional work to be included, the extent of which will be determined by bid results includes:

• Revisions to the island in the northeast corner

• Raised pedestrian crossings to the two islands

• Removal of the crosswalk on the east side of the intersection

• Some bike lane and side path improvements

The extent of some of the improvements will depend upon the pricing. The city submitted a funding request for the ultimate improvements through the DRCOG Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the next four years ($4.25 million). The project did not rank highly among regional needs so the ultimate solution is not funded at this time but the city intends to continue to pursue grant opportunities. More information about other Public Works Projects can be found on the city’s website.