BRIDGE DESIGN OPTIONS:
While the new pedestrian bridge will connect Blake and Wazee streets somewhere in the vicinity of 35th and 36th streets, several structural and operational factors influence what type of bridge can be constructed and where the bridge entrances can be. From minimal City right-of-way and existing/planned development to active freight rail operations and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there are a number of constraints that impact the technical design of this bridge. Informed by input from the community, the project team will evaluate the technical feasibility and location of a number of bridge alternatives considering both ramps and elevator/stairs combinations within the constrained landing areas.
The east landing area is the most constrained. The landing needs to be designed to fit into a small zone bounded immediately to the north by RTD’s 38th & Blake rail station area and the south by a proposed redevelopment project. Despite these extreme constraints, the project team believes an entry plaza with stair/elevator access to the bridge can fit.
The west area, while still quite constrained by Wazee Street and the Union Pacific’s rail lines, is capable of accommodating more landing options in the area on the east side of Wazee Street between the mid-block of 35th Street/36th Street and an area just north of 36th Street. At 35th Street and Wazee, the Union Pacific railroad track is too close to the intersection of 35th Street and Wazee to accommodate a bridge landing. A variety of ramp configurations, as well as an elevator/stair option, are being considered.
The 35th/35th Pedestrian Bridge Project is a vital step in preparing a design for construction so that the bridge can be built by 2016 in conjunction with the opening of the adjacent RTD East Rail line. The project will be completed in four phases: This schedule is tentative and for planning purposes only.