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East 52nd Avenue Feasibility Study: Brighton to Colorado Boulevard

This feasibility study will evaluate the possibility of providing a continuous 52nd Avenue from Brighton Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard, improvements to the Brighton Boulevard underpass at the intersection with York Street, and improved connectivity to the National Western Center (NWC) transit station.

The Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood Plan (2015) provided a framework for potential improvements to 52nd Avenue. The Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) is conducting this study as the next step in evaluating the feasibility, identifying the community’s priorities related to the corridor, and developing a phasing plan for implementation in alignment with those priorities. 


Study Goals

DOTI is beginning this feasibility study to evaluate the possibility of providing a continuous 52nd Avenue from Brighton Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard.  Using input from the community and local stakeholders, the study will develop and evaluate equitable and feasible transportation improvements that may include:

  • Improved multimodal connectivity along 52nd Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Brighton Boulevard
  • New pedestrian and bicycle connections to the NWC transit station from 48th Avenue or 49th Avenue
  • Improvements to the underpass beneath the BNSF railroad at York Street and Brighton Boulevard 
  • Sidewalks, bike facilities, intersection safety, and modification of existing bus stops along the corridor

Study Map

Project Schedule


Project Status: Study

The study began in April 2020 and is expected to conclude in Spring 2021.

Council District: 9

Neighborhoods: Elyria, Swansea, Globeville


Community input is critical to this planning study in order to identify and prioritize improvements for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians in this area.

Email Karen Good to provide your comments or to be added to the project mailing list and to learn of upcoming meetings and opportunities.

Karen Good, Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure