38th & Blake Station TOD Infrastructure Project

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The City and County of Denver’s Public Infrastructure (38th & Blake Station) TOD Project will make infrastructure improvements to provide better pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access to the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD’s) future 38th & Blake rail station that is being built as part of its FasTracks program.

The project will construct thousands of feet of new sidewalks immediately surrounding the station and make improvements to the existing Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street, which has been identified by the City and local community as a priority for improving accessibility to the station. Construction of the sidewalks and bridge is expected to start in 2015. Under a separate project, the City is also building a new pedestrian bridge over the rail road tracks to connect Blake Street and Wazee Street between 35th and 36th Streets. For more information on that project, click here.

Through this project, the City will refine and begin implementing a long-term vision for the station area that builds off the recommendations, decisions and input from the City’s 38th & Blake Station Area Plan, the Next Steps 38th & Blake Traffic Operational Study and others. This project will be closely coordinated with the station and rail improvements that are planned for RTD’s East Rail Line and Central Rail Extension projects.

Project Highlights

One of the first improvements you will see from the Public Infrastructure (38th & Blake Station) TOD Project will be thousands of feet of new sidewalks that will improve pedestrian access to RTD’s 38th & Blake rail station.

Specific areas identified for sidewalk improvements include:

  • Blake St from 35th St to 40th St
  • 36th St from Blake St to Walnut St
  • 38th St from Arkins Ct to mid-way between Chestnut Pl and Delgany St
  • 40th St from Blake St to Walnut St
  • Portions of Downing St. near the intersection witth Blake St.

Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and continue in phases until it’s complete. The first priority is to install sidewalks where none exist. The second priority is to upgrade the sidewalks that are in need of repair.

One of the most significant challenges to pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular mobility for communities in the project area is the Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street. Numerous studies have identified improvements to this location as a priority.

The bridge is being redesigned to improve the approach and flatten the hump over 38th Street for better sight distance and safety. Wide, bike-friendly sidewalks over the bridge will offer enhanced pedestrian and bike mobility. In addition, a new multi-use trail connection will be constructed between 38th/Walnut Street and RTD’s 38th/Blake Station. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and be completed in 2016. 

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