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City of Golden /  911 10th Street  /  Golden, CO 
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Last newsletter of the year

Linking Lookout Concrete Slab
The year is almost over and we have a brand new one queued up and ready to go in just a few days! This should be a big one - the Linking Lookout project will finally be finished, among other projects. Read below for an update on where we are with that - the picture to the right is of the 19th Street approach concrete slabs that have been poured. Exciting stuff! And lots more is in store for the new year as well

On a more practical note, please note that the trash schedule is running as normal this week and next. Garbage trucks will be out collecting as usual on Monday. Please scroll down and read below for more information.

Just a reminder, City administration offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2. The Golden Community Center will close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 1. 

Have a great week!

Your friends at the City of Golden
Current Projects
Linking Lookout Logo
Linking Lookout (US 6 & 19th St. Interchange)
The 19th street approach slabs have been poured (see pics below.)
Work continues on bridge deck rebar placement (see picture). The remaining two pours are scheduled for December 28 and January 5th weather depending. There will be some traffic disruption during the pours as either traffic breaks from flaggers or lane closures will be needed to safely get concrete ready mix trucks in and out of the construction site.
The street lights for 19th Street to Elm have been installed and they should be on this week. There is a possibility that very short term traffic disruptions will occur with flaggers, but they will be very limited.
Concrete for the lower section of the monument towers on the east and west side on the south end of the lid have been poured. Forming will continue for the upper sections.
Earth work for the pond, next to the glider landing field and the Chimney Gulch trail will continue, weather depending.
Drainage piping and inlets are being installed under the lid.
There will be some intermittent lane closures on US 6 over the next few weeks. Watch twitter @LinkingLookout for closure notices.
Watch the Linking Lookout web page for closure information and detour maps.
There is a construction viewing area in the northwest corner that can be accessed from Parfet Estates Drive, and will be an excellent location to view the girder placement. Please park legally. 

Linking Lookout Concrete Pour

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Washington and 17th Streets storm replacement - crews are prepping for concrete pour that will occur with favorable weather.
44th Avenue Trail Work

Contractor will continue dirt work and may pour concrete for the trail this week. Work takes place in the area west of Highway 58. Soon there will be a lane shift as the contractor closes the area under the bridge and pushes traffic to the south.   
New Water Meter
Water Meter Replacement project

Replacements continue citywide with more than 4,000 meters replaced to date. More than 600 residents have signed up for the Aquahawk water meter customer portal.
Contact Les Major at 303-384-8170 or Keith Mehls at 303-384-8171 with questions regarding this project.
Upcoming Events
Local Liquor Licensing Authority Meeting
The Local Liquor Licensing Authority will meet December 28 at 2:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

Please see the LLA Agenda for a full list of all items to be covered at the meeting.

For more information on this or other upcoming board meetings, please visit our Agendas, Minutes, Web Casts and Schedule page
Jefferson County Public Library
Golden Library Events - Dec. 27 - Jan. 3
To learn more about or register for these and other events happening at the Golden Library, visit
  • Lego Play and Build - Dec. 27 & Jan. 3, 4 p.m.
  • eBooks and Other (Free!) Downloadables from the Library - Dec. 27, 12 p.m. 
  • Hour of Code: Introduction to JavaScript - Dec. 28, 1 p.m.
  • iPad: Basics - Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m.
  • Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Meeting - Dec. 29, 4 p.m.
  • DIY Lab: Golden Fleece Fiber Fellowship - Jan 3, 5:30 p.m.
For more information or to register for programs that require pre-registration, please visit the Golden Library website .
Around Town
No Trash Delays for Golden

Trash Truck
There are no trash delays for Golden this week as Christmas fell on a Sunday this year. Alpine Waste trucks are running to their usual schedule.

Please be sure to put your trash out on your normal day this week and next. 

If you missed it this week, you can just wait for your regular trash service next week or if you have more trash than will fit in your cart, call Alpine Waste at 303-277-8727 for options. Fees may apply.

Lock in GCC prices for 2017 now through Dec. 31

Beginning January 1, 2017, daily admission fees and 20 visit passes to the Golden Community Center will increase by $0.25 per visit. Annual passes will increase by 10%. Golden Community Center fees were last increased in 2013.

There's still time to lock in current prices for next year, however! All passes can lock in the current lower rate by renewing now through December 31, 2016. Golden Community Center fees were last increased in 2013. The fee increases will allow us to continue to provide you with the memorable recreation experiences you've come to expect from Golden Parks and Recreation.
Recyle your Tree and your Lights

Recycle your Christmas Tree
Once the last present has been unwrapped and the tinsel and lights come off, your Christmas tree might look a little lonely. Why not give it a new life as mulch that nourishes Golden's gardens in 2017? The City of Golden provides a quick and easy way for you to dispose of your Christmas trees after the ornaments and lights have come off. Drop off your trees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 27 at the old recycle site off of Golden Gate Canyon Road. Please place your tree near the sign posted for tree recycling. Trees must be stripped of all ornaments, hardware, strings of lights and tinsel. This is for live trees only. The trees will be turned into mulch, which will eventually be available for free at the public pickup site on 11th Street, just west of the Clear Creek History Park. For further details, contact the City of Golden Forestry office at 303-384-8141.

Recycle your Holiday Lights
Old, broken and unused strings of lights do not belong in the trash, so be sure to recycle your holiday lights this year. The City of Lakewood is offering free Holiday Lights Recycling now through Sunday, Jan. 15. Collection totes will be located at the Quail Street Recycling Center 1068 Quail St. from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All types of holiday string lights are accepted and sorting is not necessary. This responsible electronics recycling service is provided by MeTech Recycling. For more information, visit or call 303-987-7190. Christmas lights are also accepted at the Rooney Road Recycling Facility at 151 South Rooney Rd., Jefferson Co. through their electronic recycling program. Visit for details.
Watch out for wildlife on US 6

It's that time of year again, when the elk and deer so abundant on the Front Range are most active crossing US 6. September to January is the high season for these animals to cross the road. They like crossing over to Fossil Trace Golf Course for a good graze where the grass is high in nitrogen content, then head back to their home on the other side of US 6. More than 75 percent of vehicle/wildlife collisions occur between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. but they can cross at any time of the day so it's important to keep an eye out.

In 2010, CDOT installed an at-grade wildlife crossing on US 6 between Heritage Road and 19th Street. In 2011, vehicle/wildlife collisions significantly decreased, but in recent years, the number of collisions have been increasing. This may be due to motorists becoming "immune" to the flashing lights, which can also be triggered by other movements such as vegetation blowing in the wind. Sometimes, even when triggered by wildlife motorists can't see the animals, which can also lead to motorists thinking the lights are an unreliable indicator.

The measures currently available at the wildlife crossing include one-way ramps and 8-foot-high fences along both sides of US 6 for about 2.5 miles between 19th Street and Heritage Road, as well as infrared sensors that detect when an animal has entered the right-of-way, activating flashing lights on yellow warning signs, and subtle lighting has been installed to make it easier to see wildlife. To augment these measures, rumble strips will be installed on the wildlife crossing approach as a reminder to slow down, and vegetation will be mowed and maintained at the crossing to prevent false positive readings from the infrared detector.

To avoid collisions, the best thing you can do is be aware. If you see the lights flashing, slow down and watch for animals attempting to cross. Just because you don't immediately see anything, doesn't mean an animal isn't there ready to bound out at any moment. Be especially wary at dawn, dusk and nighttime hours when visibility is lower and collisions most likely to happen.