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Brighton Blvd Closed Between 44th Street and I-70 beginning January 29, 2018; detours are in place. Brighton is open in both directions south of 44th St and north of I-70. See more updates from the reconstruction from Denver Public Works »

For more than 100 years, River North has been an economic and industrial hub in Denver. Brighton Blvd has been its central artery--the thoroughfare that connected Downtown to I-70.

Now, Brighton Boulevard is being redeveloped to reflect the changing character of the neighborhood. The new road will feature protected bike lanes, continuous sidewalks, new stoplights, protected turn lanes, and beautiful new landscaping.

The redevelopment of Brighton Blvd will generate growth for businesses and create a safer, more walkable, and engaged community.

Construction will occur in phases from 29th street to the northern city limits. Keep in mind our safety tips to navigate Brighton while construction takes place. 


Brighton Boulevard Final Design Flyover

Brighton News


About the Project

Segment 1: 29th-40th Streets

This project is breaking ground in October of 2016 and is scheduled to complete construction in the spring of 2018.

Improvements will include:

  • 2 12' lanes in each direction
  • 6 signalized intersections at the following streets: 29th, 31st, 33rd, 35th, 38th, and 44th
  • 80+ on-street parking spaces
  • 5' wide continuous sidewalk
  • 6.5' wide continuous bike track
  • New landscaping, light fixtures and benches

Segment 2: 40th - 44th Streets

This project is a continuation of the segment from 40th-44th and will feauture the same streetscape. It is being constructed in conjuction with a large storm-water runoff pipe, built under the road, that is part of the Platte to Park Hill pipeline.

Segment 3: 44th-47th Streets

This segment includes the underpass of the existing I-70 viaduct. It will be built by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in conjunction with the lowering of I-70 and the Swansea Lid.

Segment 4: 47th-Race Ct.

This segment is part of the National Western Center Master Plan, the redevelopment of the National Western Campus that voters approved in 2015 with referendum 2C. Construction is expected to begin in 2019. The design process, managed by the Office of the National Western Center, is underway.

Brighton Blvd Segment One: 29th - 44th Fact Sheet

Review the Brighton Blvd Redevelopment Project Phase II Final Report (PDF)

How did we get here?

When did construction start?

Construction began in October of 2016.

When will construction finish?

Segment one of the project is expected to be substantially completed in the spring of 2018.

What are the project limits?

Segment one is defined as the segment of Brighton between 29th and 40th Street.

What does the project entail?

The work includes new concrete pavement, curb and gutter, cycle track, sidewalk, drainage, storm water quality treatment, landscaping, street lighting, and traffic signal replacement.

What is different about the segment from 40th to 44th street?

Segment two will involve work from just south of 40th Street (connects to Segment one) to just south of 44th Street.  Although the streetscape being built is similar to segment one, there are significant drainage improvements needed below the roadway within this section. This includes the installation of a large stormwater pipe that is part of the Platte to Park Hill Pipeline.  

Who is the project’s contractor?

Segment one of this project will be built by Kiewit Infrastructure Company.

What is right of way?

Right of way is land either already acquired or to be acquired for the purposes of constructing and/or widening a public road or highway.

How can I get more information about the project?

Download our one pager, or see the “How to Stay Connected Section” to reach out to us with questions.

How is the project being paid for?

The City of Denver is paying for the project, along with a contribution from the RiNO Denver General Improvement District.

The construction is impacting my business or residence. Who can I talk to?

Please call our project hotline at 303-265-0211.

Project hotline: 303-265-0211

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You can also sign up for text updates by sending keyword BRIGHTON to 21000.


  • RiNo Business Improvement District: The RiNo Business Improvement District (BID) assesses commercial property throughout RiNo to generate funding for projects and programming in four key areas: Advocacy, Placemaking, Marketing and Branding and Support for RiNo’s Artists and Creatives. In 2016, the BID will raise approximately $550,000 to support RiNo. Key initiatives that are anticipated in 2016 including initiatives to support the artist and creative business population, design guidelines, new wayfinding signage, a multi-modal access study, a new RiNo website and marketing, the expansion of the RiNo Crush event, and a significant number of peacemaking projects. 
  • RiNo General Improvement DistrictThe General Improvement District (GID) assesses commercial and residential property in primarily the western half of the RiNo boundaries to generate funding for infrastructure improvements to the public realm, as well as maintenance. In 2016, the GID will secure a loan of $3 million to provide enhancements to the Brighton Boulevard project, including pedestrian-scale lighting, plantings and benches. Owners with frontage on Brighton Blvd. will be assessed to repay the loan. In addition, the district will generate approximately $300,000 to support other district infrastructure initiatives. Once Brighton Boulevard is built out, the GID will be responsible for its maintenance. 

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