The City and County of Denver, City of Aurora and Regional Transportation District (RTD) constructed 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.
The overpass bridge just west of the current Peoria Street alignment spans the Union Pacific Railroad and East Rail Line tracks to separate vehicle traffic from passing railroads. This vehicle bridge also goes over East 37th Avenue and Smith Road to improve safety and travel reliability and includes a 14-foot wide sidewalk along the northbound lanes for pedestrians to access the commuter rail station.
Other project components included 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 re-locations and aesthetic improvements.