Peoria Crossing

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Project Purpose and Location: The City and County of Denver, City of Aurora and Regional Transportation District (RTD) are sponsoring a project to construct an overpass (bridge) on Peoria Street between East 39th Avenue and Baranmor Parkway. The bridge will cross over the Union Pacific Railroad, RTD East Rail Line, East 37th Avenue, and Smith Road which will improve safety and travel reliability. To view the general study area, click on the aerial graphic provide to the right.

Peoria Street is a key north-south arterial roadway through the cities of Denver and Aurora. It is also a major employment corridor and provides access to and from key regional facilities including, but not limited to: Denver International Airport, Interstates 70 and 225, Colfax Avenue, transit stations, emergency services, Anschutz-Fitzsimons Medical Campus, universities, businesses, community services, schools, and childcare centers.


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Peoria Street at the rail crossing currently experiences approximately 32,000 vehicles per day with up to 60 railroad gate closures per day. In the future, the rail crossing is expected to experience approximately 56,000 vehicles per day with up to 200 railroad gate closures per day. In addition, Peoria Street is also expected to experience a significant increase in the number of pedestrians and bicyclist that cross the railroad tracks to access the RTD Peoria Station area and recreational facilities. This presents the critical need to construct the Peoria Street bridge to address present and future deficiencies associated with the roadway’s safety, operations, and multimodal connectivity.

Project Schedule: The planning and conceptual engineering phase for the project began in November 2011 and ended in July 2012. This phase was performed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which resulted in a determination that the environmental impacts of the grade separated crossing could be mitigated and is not significant.  The documentation was provided as part of a Categorical Exclusion. With the completion of the Categorical Exclusion, the project design has progressed, and preliminary engineering has been completed in preparation for the project’s right-of-way acquisition, utilities relocation, and construction phases.

The construction of the project will be conducted using a design-build process, which is a delivery method where one engineering-contractor team is selected to finalize the project’s design while constructing the project. The general concept by overlap final design and construction is to shorten the construction phase and associated impacts to the public.  A request for qualifications for design-build teams was released in June 2012. Three engineering-contractor teams were shortlisted to compete for the project. The selected engineering-contractor team is expected to receive a notice to proceed around March 2013. Construction associated with the overpass is expected to begin shortly thereafter and is expected to be to traffic in the spring of 2015.

Project Budget:
The estimated project cost is $50 million. Twenty-five million in federal funding was approved as part the Denver Regional Council of Government’s 2012-2017 Transportation Improvement Program for the project based on a 50 percent local match ($25 million).  The local funding match is being provided by the City of Denver’s Better Denver Bond Program, RTD, and the City of Aurora.

Environmental Documents

As a federally funded project, the Peoria Crossing project must follow the rules of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and gain approval of this process from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) prior to construction. The project team conducted a Categorical Exclusion which concluded and was approved by FHWA and CDOT in July 2012. Copies of the documents are provided below.

Project Update

Contact Us

Design-Build Construction Manager
Bret Banwart, PE
Denver Public Works – Capital Project Management
201 West Colfax Avenue, Dept 506
Denver, CO  80202

Planning Manager and Project Oversight

Tykus R. Holloway, PE, AICP
Denver Public Works
201 West Colfax Avenue, Dept 509
Denver, CO  80202

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