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Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Extension Project

Havana St. to Peoria St. 

The 1.1 mile extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) from Havana Street east to Peoria Street is a planned transportation improvement within the Stapleton Redevelopment Area. The new roadway will extend mostly through the City and County of Denver, and a small portion will be located within the City of Aurora. The project consists of:

  • A new roadway between Havana St. and Peoria St. built to arterial standards, with two travel lanes and one parking lane in the east-bound direction, and two travel lanes in the west-bound direction.
  • A paved bicycle/pedestrian path and a soft-surface equestrian trail on the north side of MLK between Havana St. and Peoria St., separated from the roadway by a landscaped buffer.  
  • A raised median with landscaping between the east-bound and west-bound lanes.
  • A paved bicycle/pedestrian path on the south side of MLK between Havana St. and Peoria St., separated from the roadway by a tree lawn.
  • Reconstruction of Moline Street to 26th Avenue as a two-lane collector street.
  • Traffic signals at Kingston St., Moline St. and 26th Ave.; street lighting; and signage for a 35-mile per hour speed limit.

Map highlighting MLK Blvd from Havana St to Peoria St, with inset illustration of typical section

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) prepared a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA) in 2011. At that time, a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was not made by the CDOT and FHWA because funding was not available to construct the project. Since then, a combination of federal and local funding has been identified and the project is able to move forward. 

The City and County of Denver is now preparing a NEPA EA Reevaluation of the project for approval by CDOT and FHWA. The NEPA EA Reevaluation will update the environmental analysis to reflect current site conditions as well as new CDOT/FHWA and other environmental requirements. Following completion of the NEPA EA Reevaluation and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) by CDOT/FHWA, the project can proceed into final design, permitting and construction. 

Public Meetings

Project Status Review Meeting
March 3, 2016 

Schedule

  • Fall/Winter 2016 — Anticipated completion of EA Reevaluation and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 
  • Winter/Spring 2017 — Final design plans completed and permits secured
  • Summer/Fall 2017 — Construction beginning
 
Project Status: Planning

The City and County of Denver is currently preparing a reevaluation of an earlier 2011 NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA), which will be sent to CDOT and FHWA for approval. Upon approval, final design will be completed soon thereafter, and construction will begin.

Contacts

Jane Boand, Senior City Planner
Denver Public Works
jane.boand@denvergov.org | 720-865-3168

Jim Geist, Senior Engineer
Denver Public Works
james.geist@denvergov.org | 720-913-4504

Trevor Greco, Project Manager
AECOM
trevor.greco@aecom.com | 303-740-3820

Dennis Arbogast, Program Manager
AECOM
dennis.arbogast@aecom.com | 303-796-4751