The project constructed a new bicycle and pedestrian bridge with stairs and ramps crossing over the Union Pacific railroad line, south of the existing crossing at 47th Avenue and York Street. Improving this connection and crossing was identified as a top priority and transformative concept in the 2015 Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan (PDF). In 2017, residents voted and approved the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which committed $9.4 million to constructing this vital project. The critical mobility improvement is focused on providing safe bicycle and pedestrian connections between Elyria and Swansea Neighborhoods, and between Swansea Elementary School and the Valdez-Perry Branch Library.
This new bridge is open and the contractor is making final touches on the project.
The bridge was picked up by a large crane and carried into position where it was hoisted into place. The bridge deck was then lined up with the anchor bolts before final inspection.
Rendering of future bridge location
Thanks to all who attended to offer input on the 47th and York Bike Pedestrian Bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, set to begin construction in the spring of 2019. Read more from Elevate Denver
Thanks to all who attended the public meeting.
The 2017 GO Bond that was approved by voters in the November 2017 election included funding for the full design and construction of the 47th Avenue and York St. bicycle and pedestrian bridge.
For more information on the 2017 GO bond, go to www.denvergov.org/2017GOBond.
This study was conducted in 2016 to evaluate multi-modal connectivity in Elyria Swansea and improvements in the area north of I-70 and south of 49th Avenue. The final report identified a recommended alternative for a crossing at 47th Avenue and York.