Denver Public Works is reconstructing a stretch of Federal Boulevard from West 7th Avenue to West Holden Place to enhance safety for people who walk, bike, take transit, and drive the corridor. The enhancements will also improve connectivity between neighborhoods whose residents regularly cross Federal, including Sun Valley residents.
Week of October 15: Crews will continue to work on Federal Blvd between W. 7th Ave to W. 10th Ave. and between W. Holden Place to W. 12th Ave. There will be a 24/7 closure for through traffic on W. 9th Avenue east of Federal Boulevard and W. 7th Avenue at Federal Boulevard. Through traffic will be detoured to W 10th Avenue or W 8th Avenue. Starting Monday night, there will also be a single lane closure on northbound Federal Blvd between W. 7th Ave to W. 10th Ave. Business access will be maintained at all times.
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Traffic Impacts & Business Access
Two lanes will remain open in each direction of Federal Boulevard while work is underway. At times, weekend and overnight work may be scheduled, however, there will be prior notification to property and business owners along the corridor.
There will be lane closures and construction zones on Federal Blvd. and adjacent side streets. Two lanes will remain open in each direction of Federal Boulevard while work is underway. Various minimal closures through the duration of the project will occur to minimize impact to motorists and businesses along the corridor.
Business and property access will be maintained at all times while work is underway. Work will begin on the south end of the stretch and will be done in phases, moving to West Holden Place.
Beginning Tuesday, September 4 there will be a closure for the RTD bus stop along the west side of Federal at Holden Place, RTD stop #13701. The closure is anticipated to be in place until early October. Riders are encouraged to use stop #13702 at Federal Boulevard & 14th Avenue.
Improvements for this project, from W. 7th Ave. to W. Holden Place include:
Construction began in July 2018 and will move north from W 5th Avenue to Howard Place. The project is estimated to be complete in early 2020.
Preliminary design began in 2011, following the vision established in the city's Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan in 1995. Final Design & Right-of-Way Procurement was in 2015 to Fall 2017.
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Questions left on the project line or at the e-mail address will be answered promptly.
Contact Denver’s Office of Economic Development for one-on-one assistance managing the potential construction impacts
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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place. The FONSI is the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act process; an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared and published for this project. The completion of the FONSI indicates that the project will not cause significant impacts to the human or natural environment and allows the agencies to move forward with implementing the improvements.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver announced the availability of the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place Environmental Assessment (EA). All interested stakeholders were encouraged to review and comment on the EA. The comment period for the EA began on October 15, 2014 and ended November 14, 2014.
FHWA and CDOT have identified a preferred alternative that adds a third northbound lane between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, a raised median between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, upgrades the existing pedestrian facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout the Project Area from West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, and enhances multimodal connectivity. More information on the Preferred Alternative, its environmental impacts, and mitigation commitments are included in the EA document.
These are the EA documents stakeholders commented on:
On August 14, 2014, from 5:30pm-7:00pm project planners held an open house at Barnum Recreation Center to discuss the project and provide an update on the NEPA environmental review process as well as the design and timeline for future work.
Here are the latest design graphics for the Federal Boulevard Project (5th Avenue to Howard Pl). These graphics are for illustration purposes only and should not be considered the final design for the corridor. Some design elements or dimensions may change as final design is completed.
Funding to complete this project became available late 2013 through the State of Colorado Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) Program.
Currently, the project is going through an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will update the environmental resource impacts as required by The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The EA is expected to be completed in November of 2014.
It is anticipated that a public Open House will be held in the Summer of 2014
Right of Way acquisition is anticipated to begin once the EA is complete in late 2014.
Construction is anticipated to start in late 2016 and extend into 2018.
More information regarding the EA will be posted to this website when it becomes available.
A public meeting was held on October 26, 2011 to discuss the current design. Listed below are meeting presentations and materials as well as a form to submit your comments.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines Planning Environmental Linkage (PEL) as a voluntary approach to transportation decision-making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design, and construction. This can lead to a better decision-making process that minimizes duplication of effort, promotes environmental stewardship, and reduces delays in project implementation.
Federal Boulevard - Howard Place to 20th Avenue Conceptual Alignment and Interchange Study