Federal Boulevard (5th Ave to Howard Pl)

Project Update Fall 2014:

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver announce the availability of the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place Environmental Assessment (EA). All interested stakeholders are encouraged to review and comment on the EA. The comment period for the EA begins on October 15, 2014 and will continue through 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 HERE

You have the opportunity to comment on these. Here are the EA documents:

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment (SPANISH version)

Environment Assessment (KOREAN version)

Archaeological Resources

Historic Resources

Biological Resources

Water Quality

Air Quality

Comments must be submitted by November 14, 2014. Get a copy of the comment sheet HERE

Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

By email: Karen.Good@denvergov.org

In writing: Karen Good  201 West Colfax Department 509 Denver, CO 80202

Via fax: 720-865-2676 ATTN: Karen Good

Project Update Summer 2014: 

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 HERE

View the power point presentation HERE

 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


Project Update Spring 2014:

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.

PEL Summary

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.