City Officials and Local Merchants Celebrate a “New and Better Broadway”
Improvements to South Broadway Corridor honored with a “first drive” on Broadway celebration
DENVER, CO — August 19, 2010 — Mayor John Hickenlooper, City Council President Chris Nevitt and Denver Public Works Manager and Deputy Mayor Guillermo “Bill” Vidal celebrated the “New and Better Broadway” with the “first drive” on the completed South Broadway, Arizona Avenue to Iowa Avenue.
The new reconstructed South Broadway, from Arizona Avenue to Iowa Avenue, is the first phase of the South Broadway Corridor project. The construction of phase one was successfully completed through a public, private partnership with Concrete Works. Federal transportation grants and Better Denver infrastructure bond program funding will finance most of the $34.4 million facelift, which will be completed in three segments and conclude in 2012.
“Thanks to voters, we continue to improve the City’s infrastructure through the Better Denver Bond program while preserving and creating new jobs for our community,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “This latest project vastly improves a key business district in the city and makes it easier for pedestrians and drivers to safely enjoy shopping and dining along South Broadway.”
Construction on the second phase between Yale Avenue and Wesley Avenue is expected to be completed in late 2011. Wesley Avenue to Iowa Avenue is the third phase and is slated to end in Spring of 2012. In total, the reconstruction project spans 17 blocks of heavily traveled roadway serving hundreds of merchants.
“This project turned out wonderfully, but it’s just a down-payment on our long-term investment in the success of South Broadway,” said City Council President, Chris Nevitt, who represents the area. “When all our work is done here, South Broadway will not only be a beautiful street to drive down or walk along, but will itself be a landmark destination.”
Infrastructure improvements include:
· New concrete pavement
· Widened roadway by five to six feet on each side
· Enhanced safety and function of intersections
· Installation of medians, turn lanes, new traffic signals, utility upgrades, major drainage and storm
sewer improvements, sidewalks & ADA ramps and new street lighting
· Installation of underground utilities
Streetscape improvements include:
· Raised planting areas with seat walls
· Colored accent pavers at all intersections
· Irrigation system in the median
· Tree plantings in medians and sidewalks
“What we have been able to accomplish with this construction project on South Broadway models our vision of a better transportation system for our city,” said Guillermo “Bill” Vidal, Deputy Mayor and Manager of Public Works. “Not only will vehicular mobility be improved, but pedestrian and bicycle movements will also be enhanced by the new sidewalks, curb ramps, traffic signals and streetscaping, which is important not only to the merchants on South Broadway but to the city as a whole.”
South Broadway's famous Antique Row will celebrate the improvements to their area with a “Better Broadway Bash” September 20 – 22. The Bash also serves as a launch pad for the annual Antique Row Summer Festival, which includes three days of entertainment, free appraisals, sidewalk sales, giveaways - including a $1000 Antique Row Shopping Spree gift certificate - and more. Admission is free and open to the public. More information is available at www.antique-row.com