Pedestrian hit and killed on Boulder Hwy; police blocking traffic in both directions

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police have closed down both directions of Boulder Highway near Russell Rd because of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian.

At this time, Metro Police have confirmed one person was killed after being hit by a vehicle that was heading south.

According to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Boulder Hwy is closed in both directions at Gibson. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

This is a developing story – this article will be updated as needed throughout the overnight hours.

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High winds, snow back in the forecast for Boulder County and mountain towns

The wind speed is expected to die down on the Front Range by Tuesday evening. Until then, weather officials are warning that travel could be dangerous, especially in large vehicles that could easily tip over, and in the plains where dust could be blown into the air. The winds also elevate fire conditions in areas where less snow fell. 

Colorado will also see temperatures below freezing and a winter storm once the wind subsides. That will bring snow to some parts of the state.

“We’ll see a little bit of light snow behind that into Wednesday night where we’re looking at kind of a one to three inches, maybe up to about four inches with that system,” National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Entrekin said.

Xcel Energy said they expect all customers in the Marshall Fire burn area to have  their electricity and gas restored by Tuesday night.

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3 feared dead, 991 homes destroyed in Boulder County

Three people are missing and feared to have been killed by the Marshall fire, Boulder County’s sheriff said Saturday, contrary to officials’ earlier declarations that nobody was still unaccounted for in the wake of this week’s raging wildfire.

Currently, two people are missing in Superior and another is missing in the Marshall area, Sheriff Joe Pelle said at an afternoon news briefing. Each of their homes was lost to Thursday’s wind-driven wildfire, the sheriff said.

The search has been hampered by smoldering debris then snowfall, Pelle said. Sheriff’s officials plan to bring out cadaver dogs on Sunday, he added.

“Their homes are destroyed, potentially there are human remains in those homes,” Pelle said. “The debris is hot, it’s all fallen in and it’s now covered with eight inches of snow.”

Pelle also announced that preliminary tallies show 991 homes — 553 in Louisville, 332 in Superior and 106 in unincorporated Boulder County — were destroyed by the fire, and 127 more were damaged. The Boulder Office of Emergency Management has posted a full list at

The cause of the 6,000-acre wildfire, the most damaging in Colorado history, remains under investigation, Pelle said. Investigators have found no evidence pointing to downed power lines as the fire’s spark, as first had been suspected, the sheriff said.

Acting on a tip, Pelle said, investigators have served a search warrant on a local property while probing the fire’s cause, but he wouldn’t say where or why. He also noted that investigators are examining video that has circulated on social media showing a barn on fire in southeast Boulder County.

Due to high winds, all outdoor burning was prohibited on the day of the fire.

“If it turns out to be arson or reckless behavior, we’ll take appropriate action,” Pelle said.

Initially, Boulder County officials had said nobody was missing in the wake of the fire, but those early reports were incorrect, said Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management, asking for “grace” after the error.

Many different agencies were working to extinguish hot spots, investigate the fire, keep people out of the evacuation area and more, she said, and the mixup stemmed from all those different people tackling everything at once.

“We thought we were at zero… but that was incorrect,” Churchill said Saturday morning. “Information is coming from multiple channels, we’re dealing with COVID… our communication channels were certainly stretched.”

Pelle lamented the potential loss of three lives, but gave thanks that fatalities weren’t much higher.

“We hope that within the next couple days we can help families and perhaps recover remains or confirm that they’re not there,” the sheriff said.

Additional information wasn’t immediately available on the missing people. But Hutch Armstrong told 9News that his grandmother-in-law, 91-year-old Nadine Turnbull, was among the missing. Family members weren’t able to help her out of her Original Town Superior home during the fire.

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30th and Colorado underpasses to be completed in 2022 in Boulder

Located just east of CU Boulder, the intersection is one of the busiest intersections in the city.

BOULDER, Colo. — Construction has begun on two new bicycle and pedestrian underpasses at Boulder’s 30th Street and Colorado Avenue intersection.

The intersection safety enhancement work began Monday, March 1 and is expected to last for approximately 18 months.

The City of Boulder said the 30th Street and Colorado Avenue area is an important travel corridor for the Boulder community, located just blocks to the east of the University of Colorado Boulder (CU)

The city said it is one of the busiest intersections in the city and supports high-frequency transit service, provides important commuting connections for vehicle travel, and connects CU Boulder’s main and east campuses.

Construction is anticipated to be completed in fall 2022.

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The city said the intersection was identified in the 2016 Vision Zero Boulder: Safe Streets Report as one of the top collision locations in Boulder with 86 collisions occurring between 2012-2016 and 18 involving a bicyclist.

The goal of the new underpass is to provide safer north-south and east-west crossings of the intersection for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The city said the project will also improve connections to existing sidewalks, bike lanes and multi-use paths; reconstruct or relocate existing transit stops; and install underpass lighting, landscaping, art and other urban design features.

The project will also construct the first fully protected intersection in the city, which is an intersection that separates turning bicycles and cars and features corner refuge islands to slow turning vehicles and improve safety and comfort for crossing pedestrians and bicyclists.

The City of Boulder has partnered with CU Boulder on the project, with the university contributing $2.4 million and a land donation valued at $800,000.

The total project cost is estimated at $15.9 million, with $11.15 million provided by city and CU Boulder funds and $4.75 million in federal Transportation Improvements Program (TIP) funds approved by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

“We’re excited to partner with CU on this important project that will improve safety for all users at one of the busiest intersections in the city,” said Erika Vandenbrande, director of the Transportation & Mobility Department. “The new underpasses and protected intersection improvements will enhance multimodal access and help our community make progress toward our Vision Zero goal of eliminating all fatalities and serious injuries caused by traffic crashes.”

“The university is delighted to see this project come to fruition with new and invaluable safety and access features at such a key intersection,” said CU Boulder Senior Strategic Advisor Frances Draper. “Partnering on projects like this enables the university and the city to more effectively create benefits for our mutual community.”  

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