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Brighton Boulevard Corridor

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will design and construct critical public infrastructure (e.g. cycle track, sidewalks, curb/gutter, on-street parking and more) on Brighton Boulevard, helping establish Brighton Boulevard as a gateway to Denver. Construction on the first segments are now underway, with design for the next segments expected to be finalized in 2017-18.

Construction Updates: August 2017
Brighton Boulevard and cross streets will remain OPEN for Velorama and Colorado Classic.
Northbound Brighton Blvd is closed from 38th to 44th streets. See detour information
Brighton remains open for southbound traffic from 44th to 38th streets.
Coliseum access: Use I-70 to Brighton Blvd exit. McFarland Drive is closed to through traffic from Arkins to 44th St.

Week of August 13

Asphalt paving removals will begin August 15 on the east side of Brighton between 35th and 40th streets; this may require occasional driveway closures for equipment.

Crews will continue concrete work for curb and gutter installation at the intersection of 38th Street and Brighton Boulevard, with intermittent lane closures during the week. 

Excavation and irrigation work will continue for storm sewer planters between 31st and 36th streets. Utility relocations, cutovers, and water line replacements are ongoing from 40th to 44th streets; residents and tenants will be notified in advance if service will be affected.

Waterline installation is planned across 35th streets as soon as August 14, which will require additional street closures east of Brighton. Waterline installation across 31st and 36th Streets will occur later in August. Additional waterline work on the east side of Brighton at 31st and 36th streets may shift business access points during the work; any impacts will be communicated before they occur.

Pedestrian access between 31st and 40th streets is maintained on the east side sidewalk. Between 40th to 44th streets and 29th and 31st streets, pedestrian access is on the west side sidewalk. For bicyclists, alternate routes are recommended. For your safety, please cross the street at signalized intersections.

Current closures

Vehicle traffic on Brighton is reduced to one lane in each direction between 29th and 38th streets. Traffic will shift to the west side of Brighton between 29th and 38th streets as soon as August 14. Narrow travel lanes are in place. Contractors and oversized commercial vehicles: please drive with caution.

  • 35th Street will be closed east of Brighton Boulevard as soon as August 14 for several days.
  • McFarland Drive is closed to through traffic from Arkins Court to 44th Street. Coliseum access will be maintained from Brighton and 44th intersection; use I-70 to Brighton Blvd exit. No pedestrian or vehicle access through Globeville Landing Park construction zone near Coliseum parking lot.
  • 40th Street is closed from Brighton to Wynkoop Street.
  • Southbound left turn lane on Brighton closed at the 38th Street intersection. Left turns can be made from the through lane.

Upcoming closures

  • Beginning as soon as August 21; 31st Street east of Brighton closed, reduced to one lane with flaggers directing traffic
  • Beginning as soon as August 23; 36th Street closed east of Brighton Boulevard (to Wynkoop Street) for a couple of days

There is no on-street parking along this stretch of Brighton Boulevard. Obey all posted parking signs. Ticketing and towing enforcement is in place.

Intermittent lane closures and restrictions will continue to be in place throughout the corridor in both directions during working hours. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

The Free RiNo Art District shuttle runs on the first Friday of the month from 5 to 12 a.m. and Saturdays from 2 - 10 p.m.

Business access will be maintained on both sides of Brighton Boulevard.

Key focus areas during the 2015 design phase include:

  • Access to private properties
  • Safety
  • Multi-modal (vehicles, transit, bicycles, pedestrians) Operations
  • On-street parking
  • Streetscape and urban design
  • Drainage and water quality
  • Construction approach and phasing
  • Community-funded design enhancements 

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project is one of six projects under the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), a coordinated effort created by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to strategically align planning among converging projects in Denver’s Globeville, Elyria, Swansea and River North neighborhoods.

The project is also coordinating closely with the River North Arts District (RiNo) on their consideration of forming a neighborhood-wide Business Improvement District (BID) as well as a General Improvement District (GID) specifically focused on funding infrastructure enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project and future projects on the west side of the neighborhood.

Project Status

Segment 1: 29th Street to 40th Street
Segment 2: 40th Street to 44th Street
Status: Construction

Work on Segment 1 began in Fall 2016 and is expected to continue through Spring 2018. Additional construction along the corridor will be planned in phases to the northern city limits.

The initial vision was developed in 2014, followed by a planning process with stakeholders to determine key elements for the design.

Project Contacts

Construction — Segments 1 & 2

Project hotline: 303-265-0211

Project Manager
Brian McLaren

Design — Segments 3 & 4

Project Manager
John LaSala


Video — Brighton Boulevard final design redevelopment simulation



The project is in the engineering design phase. The design will be finalized throughout 2015, with initial construction activities beginning by the end of 2015. Construction will continue through 2016 and the project will be completed in 2017.

Initial construction activities will get started by the end of 2015, with major construction beginning in 2016. The project is anticipated to be an 18 month construction process that will be completed in 2017.

Specific details will be refined and advanced through the final design phase with the help of Brighton Boulevard property owners, key stakeholders and public input. Important considerations include safety and multimodality, respect for the uniqueness of the corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods and functionality of the corridor as a main arterial gateway into Denver. While specific design elements are still under consideration, planned improvements to the corridor will include curb and gutter, sidewalks, undergrounding of utilities, a protected bike lane and other pedestrian amenities. Local property owners are also considering forming a General Improvement District to fund enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project. Those could include trees/irrigation, pedestrian lighting, landmark lighting, and more.

The City has identified $26 million in funding for core improvements to the corridor. The City is also working closely with local property owners who are considering forming a General Improvement District to fund enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project.

Yes. The project will construct a cycle track on both sides of Brighton Boulevard, add new pedestrian crosswalks and include other amenities to create a more inviting pedestrian environment.

This study is focused on the future cross section of Brighton itself including roadway, median, turn lanes, cycle track, curb and gutter as well as sidewalk as well as other potential amenities and mobility improvements. There are numerous studies that have been completed for the area; such as the River North Plan and the 38th & Blake Station Area Plan, as well as a number of current planning efforts; I-70 EIS; Globeville, Elyria/Swansea neighborhood plans and National Western Stock Show Complex redevelopment. These projects are being taken into consideration by this study and links are provided to learn more about each of these projects, but this study is not focused on land uses.