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.