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14th Avenue Bridge Over Cherry Creek

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which voters approved in 2017 to fund critical improvements to infrastructure, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) will replace the 60-year-old bridge on West 14th Avenue between northbound and southbound Speer Boulevard to preserve and extend the life of the bridge.  

DOTI will also make safety improvements for those who walk and bike over the bridge, which will include building new pedestrian ramps, wider sidewalks, and installing a raised bicycle track over the 14th Avenue Bridge. In addition, the traffic signals at the West 14th Avenue and NB/SB Speer Boulevard intersections will also be upgraded.

Beginning the evening of Sunday, September 27, West 14th Avenue will close to thru-traffic from Santa Fe Drive to northbound/southbound Speer Boulevard until February 2021. A section of the Cherry Creek Trail that runs underneath the West 14th Avenue Bridge will also close while work is underway. Detours will be in place for people in cars, on bikes, and on foot. Message boards will also be posted in advance, alerting commuters to expect delays.

The bridge is expected to reopen to thru-traffic in February 2021, weather permitting, with intersection improvements continuing through spring 2021. All work is weather dependent and subject to change. The public’s patience and cooperation during construction are greatly appreciated.

Detours: Vehicles

map of 14th Avenue Bridge over Cherry Creek vehicle detours

Thru-Vehicles will be detoured around the work zone through:

  • Left turn from W 14th Ave to Santa Fe Drive
  • Right turn from N Santa Fe Dr to W Colfax Ave
  • Right turn from W Colfax Ave to N Delaware St
  • Left turn from N Delaware St to W 14th Ave

Local Access will be maintained between Santa Fe Drive and Speer Boulevard.

Detours: Pedestrian & People on Bikes

map of 14th Avenue Bridge over Cherry Creek multimodal detours 

High-comfort, multimodal access will be provided with a temporary work-zone path for users of the various multimodal paths around Speer Boulevard, delineated by concrete barriers on/at:

  • SB Speer Blvd’s left vehicle lane will be temp. closed immediately prior to W 13th and at W 14th Aves
  • NB Speer Blvd’s left vehicle lane will be temp. closed from W 13th Ave and immediately after W Colfax Ave

Additionally, pedestrian and ADA detours will be provided by the sidewalk networks on Speer Blvd.

Project Closures

Project Extent Map for 14th Avenue Bridge over Cherry Creek project

 
Project Status: Construction

Construction for this project is expected to begin October 1, 2020 and is expected to conclude in the Spring 2021.

Why Bridge Replacement?
  • Older bridges were built for a 50-year service life. The bridge structure at 14th over Cherry Creek is at least 60 years old. New bridges are designed for a 75-year service life.
  • Annual maintenance and repair has become cost prohibitive for this structure.
  • In addition to the new bridge, DOTI will enhance the area with improved traffic signals, ADA ramps, wider sidewalks, and a raised bicycle cycle track over the bridge.
Contact the Project Team

Liz Viscardi, APR
LV Events and PR
Liz@lvevents-pr.com

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