Denver Receives $13.9M Grant to Transform Stretch of Washington Street

Published on December 20, 2021

Aerial photo of Washington Street looking toward downtown Denver.

Denver Receives $13.9M Federal RAISE Grant to Transform Stretch of Washington Street in Globeville

DENVER – The City and County of Denver is excited to announce it has secured $13.9M in federal funding to turn a worn stretch of North Washington Street into a community asset for the Globeville neighborhood. The project, which has also received $23M in Elevate Denver Bond funds, will modernize Washington Street from 47th to 52nd Avenues, completing areas on both sides of the street for walking and biking, improving access to transit, adding streetscaping, energy-efficient lighting, and new curb and gutter to improve drainage.

“Through the reconstruction of this stretch, we’re working to realize the neighborhood’s vision for this corridor as one that will benefit the current community here today and tomorrow with greater livability, economic vitality and improved mobility options, all while honoring the area’s history and character,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock.

Washington Street serves as a transportation spine and main north-south connection within the Globeville neighborhood. It’s a gateway into Denver from Adam’s County and provides access to I-70 and to Downtown Denver via Brighton Boulevard and Broadway.  A vision for the future of Washington Street from the S. Platte River to the Adams County line was developed with the community and this project marks a first step toward transforming this stretch into something the community can celebrate and bringing it up to current city standards.

“Finally, we are at a place where we can truly effect change along the Washington Street corridor, making it an attractive space for the community that offers a positive sense of place and accommodates walking and biking,” said Eric Bracke, Engineering Manager for Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The $13.9M federal grant was awarded through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity, or RAISE, discretionary grants program. The $1B federal infrastructure investment program is funding 90 projects across the country that promote environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, a state of good repair, innovation, and partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.

Design work is already underway for the Washington Street project from 47th Avenue to 52nd Avenues and use of the federal funding will require some additional environmental reviews. Project completion is anticipated in 2024 - 2025.