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Federal Boulevard Improvements and Reconstruction


Denver Public Works is preparing improvements to Federal Boulevard between West 5th Avenue and Howard Place to improve safety and operations for multimodal travel. 

W 7th Ave to W Holden Place Reconstruction

  • Sidewalks
  • Raised medians with landscaping
  • New street lighting
  • Repaving
  • Add additional third northbound lane

W 5th Ave to W 7th Ave
W Holden Place to W Howard Place

  • Lane restriping on north and south ends of the reconstruction project

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.

sample cross section of Federal Boulevard, click to enlarge

Study & Environmental Assessment: 5th Ave to Howard Place 

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.

Preferred Alternative

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.

View Public Notice of Availability

These are the EA documents stakeholders commented on:

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment (SPANISH version)

Environment Assessment (KOREAN version)

Archaeological Resources

Historic Resources

Biological Resources

Water Quality

Air Quality

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.

View the meeting presentation boards

View the power point presentation

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.

General Cross Section

Access and Parcels

Landscape Plan

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.

The Public Works Department began a PEL for Federal Boulevard from 5th Avenue to Howard Place in 2009 to support continued multimodal improvements along Federal Boulevard. These improvements would extend the 3rd northbound lane and median that will be constructed between Alameda and 5th Avenue beginning in the fall of 2010.
On April 22, 2009 a Public Meeting was held to discuss and receive feedback on the planned improvements for the roadway.  You may download the presentation posterboards from the public meeting on this site.

The Planning Environmental Linkage (PEL) study which evaluates transportation improvements along Federal Boulevard from 5th Avenue to Howard Place as well as additional reports can be accessed at the links to the right.
The City and County of Denver (CCD), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), prepared this PEL Study in accordance with Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and with FHWA PEL guidance.

The anticipated next step for the 5th Avenue to Howard Place portion of Federal Boulevard is to complete design documents which will provide for an additional 3rd northbound lane and a raised center median within the study area. Currently no funding has been identified for project construction, but the City is completing the design work to be prepared for any funding opportunities that may arise in the near future. 

Federal Boulevard - Howard Place to 20th Avenue  Conceptual Alignment and Interchange Study

Project Status: Pre-Construction

Proposed Project Timeline
2015 to Completion

  • Final Design & Right-of-Way Procurement: 2015 to Fall 2017
  • Advertising, Bidding and Contracts: Late 2017/Early 2018
  • Construction: Spring 2018 to Spring 2019
Contact Us

Next steps, design & construction

James Geist 

Right of way acquisition questions

Jeff Steinberg

Lisa Lumley

Project planning and environmental clearance questions

Karen Good