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Federal Boulevard Improvements and Reconstruction


In March 2020, the City and County of Denver and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) completed roadway improvements along a stretch of Federal Boulevard to move more people, more efficiently, changing the way they use the corridor. The $29M reconstruction project, which began in 2018, stretches from West 7th Avenue to West Holden Place and is paving the way for a better transit future on Federal Boulevard, which has the 2nd highest bus ridership in Denver.

Transit Improvements

In addition to new concrete pavement which will extend the life of the roadway surface, within the project limits, a lane has been added northbound to improve and balance bus travel times so there are three travel lanes in each direction. This enhancement will make bus travel more efficient and inform future transit plans for Federal Boulevard, including RTD’s Regional BRT Feasibility Study, which recommends a bus rapid transit (BRT) system along the corridor due to its high potential to support a high quality, high frequency bus service.

For over a decade, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) has been engaging with the community on ways to build healthier walking, biking and transit connections along the highly-traveled corridor to prevent overcrowding with more cars. With reconstruction on this stretch of Federal now complete, DOTI is also kicking-off its Denver Moves: Federal planning effort, which focuses on identifying and analyzing enhanced transit options along the corridor and advancing towards funding needed for future implementation.

Enhancements for Those Who Walk

  • Reconstruction also carved out space for consistent, widened sidewalks and a raised, landscaped median between West 7th Avenue and West Holden Place to slow vehicle turns.
  • New traffic signals with colored crosswalks are now at three intersections (8th Ave., 10th Ave. and W. Holden Pl.) to help drivers see pedestrians better when they cross.

Reconstruction along Federal was a partnership between Denver, the community, and CDOT who contributed $22.9M toward construction and other project costs. Crews will continue landscaping work through the spring, which includes planting new landscaping in the medians and planting new trees on the east side of Federal.

Construction Update

Week of September 21, 2020: Construction is completed!

Improvements for this project, from W. 7th Ave. to W. Holden Place include:

  • replacing the roadway surface with concrete, which has a longer lifespan
  • three continuous northbound travel lanes 
  • a new raised landscaped median between W. 7th Avenue and W. Holden Place to improve mobility and safety
  • new sidewalks to enhance access to light rail stations and bus stops
  • upgrading the traffic signals at W. 8th and W. 10th Avenues, including installing colored crosswalks to enhance pedestrian visability
  • New trees on the east side of Federal Boulevard
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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) regarding the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place. The FONSI is the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act process; an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared and published for this project. The completion of the FONSI indicates that the project will not cause significant impacts to the human or natural environment and allows the agencies to move forward with implementing the improvements.

Finding of No Significant Impact

Notice of Availability

Notice of Availability (SPANISH Version)

Notice of Availability (KOREAN Version)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and City and County of Denver announced the availability of the Federal Boulevard Improvements Project between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place Environmental Assessment (EA). All interested stakeholders were encouraged to review and comment on the EA. The comment period for the EA began on October 15, 2014 and ended November 14, 2014.

Preferred Alternative

FHWA and CDOT have identified a preferred alternative that adds a third northbound lane between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, a raised median between West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, upgrades the existing pedestrian facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act throughout the Project Area from West 7th Avenue and West Howard Place, and enhances multimodal connectivity. More information on the Preferred Alternative, its environmental impacts, and mitigation commitments are included in the EA document.

View Public Notice of Availability

These are the EA documents stakeholders commented on:

Environmental Assessment

Environmental Assessment (SPANISH version)

Environment Assessment (KOREAN version)

Archaeological Resources

Historic Resources

Biological Resources

Water Quality

Air Quality

On August 14, 2014, from 5:30pm-7:00pm project planners held an open house at Barnum Recreation Center to discuss the project and provide an update on the NEPA environmental review process as well as the design and timeline for future work.

View the meeting presentation boards

View the power point presentation

Here are the latest design graphics for the Federal Boulevard Project (5th Avenue to Howard Pl). These graphics are for illustration purposes only and should not be considered the final design for the corridor. Some design elements or dimensions may change as final design is completed.

General Cross Section

Access and Parcels

Landscape Plan

Funding to complete this project became available late 2013 through the State of Colorado Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) Program.

Currently, the project is going through an Environmental Assessment (EA) which will update the environmental resource impacts as required by The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  The EA is expected to be completed in November of 2014.

It is anticipated that a public Open House will be held in the Summer of 2014

Right of Way acquisition is anticipated to begin once the EA is complete in late 2014.

Construction is anticipated to start in late 2016 and extend into 2018.

More information regarding the EA will be posted to this website when it becomes available.

A public meeting was held on October 26, 2011 to discuss the current design. Listed below are meeting presentations and materials as well as a form to submit your comments.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines Planning Environmental Linkage (PEL) as a voluntary approach to transportation decision-making that considers environmental, community, and economic goals early in the planning stage and carries them through project development, design, and construction. This can lead to a better decision-making process that minimizes duplication of effort, promotes environmental stewardship, and reduces delays in project implementation.

The Public Works Department began a PEL for Federal Boulevard from 5th Avenue to Howard Place in 2009 to support continued multimodal improvements along Federal Boulevard. These improvements would extend the 3rd northbound lane and median that will be constructed between Alameda and 5th Avenue beginning in the fall of 2010.
On April 22, 2009 a Public Meeting was held to discuss and receive feedback on the planned improvements for the roadway.  You may download the presentation posterboards from the public meeting on this site.

The Planning Environmental Linkage (PEL) study which evaluates transportation improvements along Federal Boulevard from 5th Avenue to Howard Place as well as additional reports can be accessed at the links to the right.
The City and County of Denver (CCD), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), prepared this PEL Study in accordance with Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and with FHWA PEL guidance.

The anticipated next step for the 5th Avenue to Howard Place portion of Federal Boulevard is to complete design documents which will provide for an additional 3rd northbound lane and a raised center median within the study area. Currently no funding has been identified for project construction, but the City is completing the design work to be prepared for any funding opportunities that may arise in the near future. 

Federal Boulevard - Howard Place to 20th Avenue  Conceptual Alignment and Interchange Study