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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 Updates

Brighton Blvd Travel Update

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See construction updates on the National Western Center project site

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.

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Ongoing traffic impacts 

  • 40th Street closed from Brighton to Wynkoop Street

47th Ave to Race Court — National Western Center

Partial closure on Brighton Boulevard at 48th Avenue while crews install a new sanitary sewer pipe.

  • Northbound traffic open to traffic
  • Southbound Brighton traffic detoured to Race Court. 
  • Local traffic only. Local business access will be maintained. Please follow detour and directional signage during this activity. The anticipated duration to complete these activities has been estimated at a 4-month duration. This schedule is weather dependent.

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:

  • 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

Construction

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

Project Contacts

Segments 1 & 2

Project hotline: 303-265-0211
Email: brightonconstruction@kiewit.com

Project Manager
Brian McLaren
Brian.McLaren@denvergov.org


Segments 3 & 4

Project Manager
John LaSala

 

Video — Brighton Boulevard final design redevelopment simulation

 

FAQs

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.

  • Segment 1: 29th-40th Streets
  • Segment 2: 40th-44th Streets
  • Segment 3: 44th-47th Streets
  • Segment 4: 47th-Race Ct.

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.