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.
Attention Brighton Boulevard Property Owners: With construction wrapping up between 29th and 44th streets, please remember to maintain snow removal on your property during winter weather.
Updates for March 10:
Ongoing traffic impacts
47th Ave to Race Court — National Western Center
Brighton Boulevard open to one lane of traffic in each direction between 48th Avenue and York Street. Open to one lane of traffic in each direction between 46th and 48th avenues. Race Court bridge now open.
Bicyclists and pedestrians: For your safety, please cross the street at signalized intersections.
For bicyclists, alternate routes are recommended between 47th Avenue and Race Court; use 48th or 49th avenues, or High or York streets.
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.
Business access will be maintained on both sides of Brighton Boulevard.
Key focus areas during the 2015 design phase include:
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.
The initial vision was developed in 2014, followed by a planning process with stakeholders to determine key elements for the design.
Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project - Phase II Final Report (PDF - 30MB)
Planning and design for Brighton Boulevard began in 2014, and the design for the corridor was finalized in 2016 after coordinating closely with property owners, residents and developers along Brighton Boulevard to focus on key areas including access, safety, parking and multi-modal operations.
Construction is planned in phases from 29th street to the northern city limits, beginning in 2016 and expected to continue through 2019.
Construction on Segment 1 began in 2016 and is expected to be substantially completed in Spring 2018.
Segment 2 construction began in 2017 and is expected to be complete in 2018.
Segment 3 will be build by the Colorado Department of Transportation in conjunction with other work expected to begin in 2018.
Segment 4 is planned as part of the National Western Center reconstruction, with construction beginning in 2018-19.
Specific details were 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.
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.