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Brighton Boulevard Corridor

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will design and construct critical public infrastructure (e.g. cycle track, sidewalks, curb/gutter, on-street parking and more) on Brighton Boulevard, helping establish Brighton Boulevard as a gateway to Denver. Construction on the first segments are now underway, with design for the next segments expected to be finalized in 2017-18.

 
Construction Updates

Current Brighton Blvd Closures

Brighton Blvd is closed in both directions from 44th Street to I-70 ramps. Detours are in place on 44th Street and 46th Avenue through May 2018; I-70 traffic should use 38th Street and Washington; see closure map (PDF)
Beginning as soon as February 26, Brighton Blvd will be closed in both directions from 48th Avenue to York Street; see construction information on the National Western Center project site
Brighton Blvd is open in both directions south of 44th Street. 

Week of February 19

Pave new concrete center median on Brighton from 31st to 35th streets, as soon as 2/21; left turns will be restricted during paving, with right-in, right-out only to and from properties along this stretch

Concrete and asphalt pavement removales, wast side of Brighton, 29th-31st streets, as soon as 2/23

Underground electrical and irrigation work for signals and storm planters, 31st-38th streets, with flaggers directing traffic intermittently

Overnight construction activities from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. between 40th and 44th streets will continue for several months

  • Pedestrian access: east side between 29th and 40th streets, and west side from 40th to 44th streets
  • No pedestrian or vehicle access through Globeville Landing Park construction zone near Coliseum parking lot.
  • For bicyclists, alternate routes are recommended. 
  • For your safety, please cross the street at signalized intersections.

Upcoming traffic impacts

Watch for new lane configurations:

  • Northbound Brighton traffic between 29th and 40th streets shiting to east side of street as soon as 2/19
  • Southbound Brighton traffic between 29th and 31st streets will shift to east side of street as soon as 2/23

31st/Brighton intersection: NO LEFT TURNS as soon as 2/20 through 2/23 to pour new concrete median. Right turns only from 31st to Brighton and from Brighton to 31st.

Right turns only (right-in, right-out) to and from properties between 29th and 36th streets, as soon as 2/20, form median construction and completion of concrete pavement

Ongoing traffic impacts

Vehicle traffic on Brighton is reduced to one lane in each direction in the construction zone. Narrow travel lanes are in place. Contractors and oversized commercial vehicles: please drive with caution.

  • 40th Street is closed from Brighton to Wynkoop Street
  • Brighton closed from 44th to eastbound I-70 on/off ramps to continue installing storm sewer pipe

There is no on-street parking along this stretch of Brighton Boulevard. Obey all posted parking signs. Ticketing and towing enforcement is in place.


Intermittent lane closures and restrictions will continue to be in place throughout the corridor in both directions during working hours. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Business access will be maintained on both sides of Brighton Boulevard.

Key focus areas during the 2015 design phase include:

  • Access to private properties
  • Safety
  • Multi-modal (vehicles, transit, bicycles, pedestrians) Operations
  • On-street parking
  • Streetscape and urban design
  • Drainage and water quality
  • Construction approach and phasing
  • Community-funded design enhancements 

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project is one of six projects under the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), a coordinated effort created by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to strategically align planning among converging projects in Denver’s Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and River North neighborhoods.

The project is also coordinating closely with the River North Arts District (RiNo) on their consideration of forming a neighborhood-wide Business Improvement District (BID) as well as a General Improvement District (GID) specifically focused on funding infrastructure enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project and future projects on the west side of the neighborhood.

 
Project Status

Segment 1: 29th Street to 40th Street
Segment 2: 40th Street to 44th Street
Status: Construction

Work on Segment 1 began in Fall 2016 and is expected to continue through Spring 2018. Additional construction along the corridor will be planned in phases to the northern city limits.

The initial vision was developed in 2014, followed by a planning process with stakeholders to determine key elements for the design.

Project Contacts

Construction — Segments 1 & 2

Project hotline: 303-265-0211
Email: brightonconstruction@kiewit.com

Project Manager
Brian McLaren
Brian.McLaren@denvergov.org


Design — Segments 3 & 4

Project Manager
John LaSala

 

Video — Brighton Boulevard final design redevelopment simulation

 

FAQs

Planning and design for Brighton Boulevard began in 2014, and the design for the corridor was finalized in 2016 after coordinating closely with property owners, residents and developers along Brighton Boulevard to focus on key areas including access, safety, parking and multi-modal operations.

Construction is planned in phases from 29th street to the northern city limits, beginning in 2016 and expected to continue through 2019.

  • Segment 1: 29th-40th Streets
  • Segment 2: 40th-44th Streets
  • Segment 3: 44th-47th Streets
  • Segment 4: 47th-Race Ct.

Construction on Segment 1 began in 2016 and is expected to be substantially completed in Spring 2018. 

Segment 2 construction began in 2017 and is expected to be complete in 2018.

Segment 3 will be build by the Colorado Department of Transportation in conjunction with other work expected to begin in 2018.

Segment 4 is planned as part of the National Western Center reconstruction, with construction beginning in 2018-19.

 

Specific details were refined and advanced through the final design phase with the help of Brighton Boulevard property owners, key stakeholders and public input. Important considerations include safety and multimodality, respect for the uniqueness of the corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods and functionality of the corridor as a main arterial gateway into Denver.

Planned improvements to the corridor will include curb and gutter, sidewalks, undergrounding of utilities, a protected bike lane and other pedestrian amenities. Local property owners are also considering forming a General Improvement District to fund enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project. Those could include trees/irrigation, pedestrian lighting, landmark lighting, and more.

The City has identified $26 million in funding for core improvements to the corridor. The City is also working closely with local property owners who are considering forming a General Improvement District to fund enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project.

Yes. The project will construct a cycle track on both sides of Brighton Boulevard, add new pedestrian crosswalks and include other amenities to create a more inviting pedestrian environment.

This study is focused on the future cross section of Brighton itself including roadway, median, turn lanes, cycle track, curb and gutter as well as sidewalk as well as other potential amenities and mobility improvements. There are numerous studies that have been completed for the area; such as the River North Plan and the 38th & Blake Station Area Plan, as well as a number of current planning efforts; I-70 EIS; Globeville, Elyria/Swansea neighborhood plans and National Western Stock Show Complex redevelopment. These projects are being taken into consideration by this study and links are provided to learn more about each of these projects, but this study is not focused on land uses.