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38th & Blake Station TOD Infrastructure Project

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 was identified by the City and local community as a priority for improving accessibility to the station.

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. Learn more about that project.

The Blake Street Bridge improvements are part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), an initiative of Mayor Michael B. Hancock to strategically align six redevelopment projects in North Denver. 

 

Project Update: April 2016

On April 7, Mayor Hancock, along with City and community leaders, marked the completion of multimodal improvements in the 38th & Blake Station area.

  • Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street reopens — the bridge’s “hump” has been flattened so drivers have a better view of pedestrians and people on bikes
  • Nearly 4,000 feet of new sidewalks — including wider sidewalks on each side of the bridge for enhanced pedestrian mobility and safety
  • Dedicated bike lanes on Blake in both directions 
  • A new, multi-use trail connection between 38th/Walnut Street and RTD’s 38th and Blake Station
 
 

reopening celebration of Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street - pedestrians on new sidewalks, new bike lanes

 

Project Highlights

The 38th & Blake TOD project added nearly 4,000 feet of new sidewalks to improve pedestrian access to the 38th & Blake station area. Construction began in 2015 and continued in phases through completion in April 2016.

Sidewalks were added where none existed, and existing sidewalks were repaired and upgraded, in order to better connect neighborhoods with the new rail station and the new pedestrian bridge (see below). 

Specific areas identified for sidewalk improvements:

  • 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 with Blake St.

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 identified improvements to this location as a priority.

Construction began in 2015; the bridge reopened to traffic in April 2016 in preparation for the opening of RTD's 38th & Blake Station.

The bridge was redesigned to improve the approach and flatten the hump over 38th Street for better sight distance and safety. Wider sidewalks and bike lanes in the station area offer enhanced pedestrian and bike mobility.

A new multi-use trail connection was also constructed between 38th/Walnut Street and the RTD rail station. 

A new pedestrian and bike connection will connect the River North, Curtis Park and Cole neighborhoods and the RTD commuter rail station at 38th & Blake. The bridge is expected to open in fall 2016. 

35th-36th Pedestrian Bridge project information

Planning and Policy Guidance

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.

A number of City and County of Denver land-use and transportation plans provide policy guidance for the Public Infrastructure (38th & Blake Station) TOD Project.

 
Project Status: Construction Concluding

Construction began on the 38th & Blake Station area improvements in 2015 in preparation for the RTD A-Line commuter rail opening in 2016. Construction on the sidewalks and Blake Street Bridge was completed in April 2016.

Project Phases

  1. Discovery (2012-13): Data Gathering
  2. Design (2013-14): Engineering, Design, Procurement
  3. Implementation (2015-16): Environmental Approvals and Construction