Will Sheridan and Lowell Be a Safe Intersection Due to Extraction Construction Over the Next Several Weeks?

At the May 14 Study Session, questions from residents and Council Members to Staff continued about increased traffic risks due to two upcoming Extraction construction projects at the intersection of Sheridan and Lowell.  After the City originally approved Extraction going forward simultaneously with both sound wall construction on the Livingston Pad and repair of Sheridan Boulevard caused on November 28 by Extraction’s pipeline drilling, the City now states that partial staging will occur that will alleviate the traffic risks.

During the May 14 Study Session, Council Member Shaff warned Staff that traffic would get “dicey” if trucks are allowed to make left hand turns into the Lowell Exit.  Council Member Castriotta stated that, “If they [Extraction] have to halt their construction, halt the heave, do something.  But don’t even entertain the idea that this [staging and rerouting] is going to work and not impact the people in that area, now really.”  Director of Special Initiatives Tami Yellico stated that the Staff would “double down” on truck traffic enforcement at Sheridan and Lowell.

In a follow up email from a resident (the author), Director of Strategic Initiatives Tami Yellico replied on Thursday, May 17, “As I noted at the Council meeting this week, Extraction will bring all sound wall construction equipment and materials on site prior to starting and work on the Sheridan heave repair.  It is currently anticipated that all the heavy truck traffic associated with the soundwall construction will be done in the next couple of days.  No heavy trucks will moving [sic] onto the Livingston Pad during the Sheridan heave construction, which is currently estimated to begin May 28th.  Also, staff reiterated to Extraction yesterday that left turns into the Livingston Pad from northbound Lowell are not allowed.”

The approved truck routes and normal Sheridan traffic will both be disrupted. The May 14 Oil and Gas Update states,

“All large truck traffic into the Livingston Pad from the Sheridan Boulevard will be temporarily halted during this [Sheridan road] work, and the Livingston Pad exit onto Lowell Boulevard will be used as an entrance and exit for pickup truck traffic until the Sheridan road repairs are complete.”

“During the construction repair process, the area to be repaired will be closed. However, two way east and westbound traffic will be maintained at all times. Westbound Sheridan Parkway traffic will be shifted slightly to the south to accomplish movement of westbound traffic. Lighted traffic control devices will be used as we anticipate 24 hour a day activity to complete the work. Various traffic control devices will be utilized (variable message boards, cones, warning signs, and reduced speed limits) in order to maintain a safe construction zone.”

There are 7000 homes within two miles of the Livingston Pad. One resident (the author) originally wrote on May 12 to ask if the City had considered telling Extraction that it cannot put up the Livingston sound walls until Sheridan Boulevard is fixed since the road repair confusion along with increased truck traffic will be hazardous to public safety. The HAZID developed under the City’s contract with DNV GL states that increased traffic accidents due to truck traffic are the highest safety risk.  In the City’s 2/19 preface to the HAZID, it states that, “Observations and recommendations of DNV-GL focus on adherence to standards, formal management systems, minimizing traffic accidents, and reducing potential for well blowouts.”

If you have any concerns about this traffic risk, you can write Council at council@broomfieldcitycouncil.org and the Staff at oilandgas@broomfield.org.  If you have traffic violations and issues to report, please file your complaint with the City at https://www.broomfield.org/2842/File-a-Complaint