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Curb appeal

Curb appeal

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Right through the heart

While embarking on a road-widening project, Broomfield, Colo., decided to add a decorative touch to call special attention to the main artery through town. “We wanted the road to have its own architectural identity,” says Katie Allen, project manager with the city's Capital Improvement Program. The city commissioned landscape architect Frank Miltenberger to create a design incorporating colored and stamped concrete intersections and medians. The medians get their terra-cotta hues from color hardeners; both colored concrete and color hardeners were used in intersections because they're more subject to chipping by snowplows. Total cost: $829,000 for the 1.3-mile roadway segment, including medians and intersections. The effect is just what the city wanted. “It identifies this corridor as the gateway to Broomfield,” says Allen. “I can't wait to see it when the trees mature.”