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.
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 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.
Week of May 24, 2020: This week, there will be single inside lane closures, as well as intermittent lane closures in the northbound and southbound direction along Federal Boulevard from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday - Friday. These closures are in place to allow crews to work on median landscaping and final striping operations.
Improvements for this project, from W. 7th Ave. to W. Holden Place include:
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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.
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.
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.
These are the EA documents stakeholders commented on:
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.
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.
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.
Federal Boulevard - Howard Place to 20th Avenue Conceptual Alignment and Interchange Study