8th Avenue Corridor Project
The City of Greeley embarked on a review of each of its major community entryways and key travel corridors a number of years ago to consider how best to welcome visitors, create a pleasant travel experience, and in certain areas help promote redevelopment and area reinvestment.
The 8th Avenue Corridor Project is among the key entry areas the City has focused upon for such attention. Some entryway improvements were installed along the north portion of 8th Avenue in conjunction with Downtown improvements and plaza development in mid 2000. In recent years, the University of Northern Colorado has improved a number of its transportation corridors and created striking landscaping and monument installations to help integrate its various campus settings, including those near 16th Street and 8th Avenue.
The current 8th Avenue Corridor Project includes a design that will link the attractive Downtown and UNC destinations with a pedestrian-friendly landscaped corridor that offers easier access and comfort, softens the travel corridor experience, provides greater visual appeal and invitation to use this route to move between the campus and the central business district. In addition to these corridor improvements, the Greeley Art Commission is considering the installation of sculptural trees to add to the travel experience; this portion of the corridor improvements would be a component of the City’s popular One Percent for Art program.
The project is intended to be accomplished over an approximate 5-year period in conjunction with the phases of funding. The first phase was commenced in Fall 2013 at 16th Street and 8th Avenue; future phases will progress north at each intersection. Concept illustrations for the work as well as a link to an interview about the project is found below.