Peoria Crossing Project

The City and County of Denver, City of Aurora and Regional Transportation District (RTD) are constructing an overpass (bridge) on Peoria Street between East 39th Avenue and Baranmor Parkway. Extensive research, outreach and community engagement was conducted during the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

This project involves building an overpass bridge just west of the current Peoria Street alignment that spans the Union Pacific Railroad and East Rail Line tracks to separate vehicle traffic from passing railroads. This vehicle bridge will also go over East 37th Avenue and Smith Road to improve safety and travel reliability and it will include a 14-foot wide sidewalk along the northbound lanes for pedestrians to access the future commuter rail station.

Other project components include making improvements to the existing Peoria Street between 33rd and 39th avenues to create a frontage road on the east side of the new bridge structure, the construction of retaining walls, utility relocations and aesthetic improvements.

Project Schedule

Major construction work is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013. The bridge is scheduled to be complete and open to traffic in the summer of 2014 and the remaining new frontage road portion is expected to be substantially complete in the fall of 2014.

The new Peoria Bridge will be constructed next to Peoria Street. Therefore, the traveling public should expect minimal traffic impacts.