Denver Public Works is preparing improvements to Federal Boulevard between West 5th Avenue and Howard Place to improve safety and operations for multimodal travel.
Preliminary design began in 2011, following the vision established in the city's Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan in 1995. Construction between 7th and Holden is expected to begin in 2018.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place. The FONSI is the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act process; an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared and published for this project. The completion of the FONSI indicates that the project will not cause significant impacts to the human or natural environment and allows the agencies to move forward with implementing the improvements.
Please note: the public comment period is now closed. The final recommendations of the FONSI are below.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver announced the availability of the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place Environmental Assessment (EA). All interested stakeholders were encouraged to review and comment on the EA. The comment period for the EA began on October 15, 2014 and ended November 14, 2014.
FHWA and CDOT have identified a preferred alternative that adds a third northbound lane between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, a raised median between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, upgrades the existing pedestrian facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout the Project Area from West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, and enhances multimodal connectivity. More information on the Preferred Alternative, its environmental impacts, and mitigation commitments are included in the EA document.
These are the EA documents stakeholders commented on:
On August 14, 2014, from 5:30pm-7:00pm project planners held an open house at Barnum Recreation Center to discuss the project and provide an update on the NEPA environmental review process as well as the design and timeline for future work.
Here are the latest design graphics for the Federal Boulevard Project (5th Avenue to Howard Pl). These graphics are for illustration purposes only and should not be considered the final design for the corridor. Some design elements or dimensions may change as final design is completed.
Funding to complete this project became available late 2013 through the State of Colorado Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) Program.
Currently, the project is going through an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will update the environmental resource impacts as required by The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The EA is expected to be completed in November of 2014.
It is anticipated that a public Open House will be held in the Summer of 2014
Right of Way acquisition is anticipated to begin once the EA is complete in late 2014.
Construction is anticipated to start in late 2016 and extend into 2018.
More information regarding the EA will be posted to this website when it becomes available.
A public meeting was held on October 26, 2011 to discuss the current design. Listed below are meeting presentations and materials as well as a form to submit your comments.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines Planning Environmental Linkage (PEL) as a voluntary approach to transportation decision-making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design, and construction. This can lead to a better decision-making process that minimizes duplication of effort, promotes environmental stewardship, and reduces delays in project implementation.
Federal Boulevard - Howard Place to 20th Avenue Conceptual Alignment and Interchange Study
Proposed Project Timeline
2015 to Completion