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Washington Street Corridor


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The City and County of Denver, in coordination with the Globeville community, conducted a two-year study of the Washington Street corridor that concluded in 2018. The study recommended redesigning Washington Street to support the community’s vision for a mixed-use riverfront destination that capitalizes on its proximity to the South Platte River and National Western Center.

The preferred alternative for Washington Street from 38th Avenue north to 52nd Avenue includes vehicle travel lanes, possible landscape amenity zones, bike and pedestrian facilities, on-street parking and green infrastructure. 


Design Phase

Beginning in 2019, the city will begin the design phase on Washington Street:

  • Final design for Washington Street from 47th Avenue north to the County boundary, with construction to follow
  • Preliminary design for Washington Street south of 47th Avenue
  • Conceptual designs for future 38th Avenue bridge and Globeville Landing pedestrian bridge

map of Washington Street corridor showing design phase areas and connecting projects 



The first design phase will begin in Fall 2019 and run through Summer 2020 and include three key components: Reengagement with the Community, Alternatives Development and Evaluation, and 30% Design Recommendations. In 2020, the design recommendations for will continue to advance through final design and eventually construction for the portion of Washington Street from 47th Avenue north to the County boundary.

Project timeline for 2019 and 2020

Project Status: Design

The design phase of this project is beginning in Fall 2019. The study process, from 2016 to 2017, addressed both technical and design elements to develop a preferred alternative.

Estudio de la Calle Washington


Project Manager

Karen Good, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure


Study Archive

cover of Washington Street Study reportVision: The area is transformed into a mixed-use riverfront destination area that capitalizes on its adjacency to the South Platte River, a revitalized Washington Street, reinvented greenspace, and direct connections across the river to the National Western Center.

Goal Statement: Make Washington Street an attractive corridor that creates a positive sense of place, attracts private reinvestment, and better accommodates all transportation modes.

Read the Final Report (PDF)


Washington Street was identified in the Globeville Neighborhood Plan as “an attractive corridor that creates a positive sense of place, attracts private reinvestment, and better accommodates all transportation modes.” The Washington Street Study will refine and progress this vision of Washington Street into an implementable conceptual design.

Challenges along Washington Street include the existing right of way width of 60 feet and the inconsistency and poor condition of the curb, gutter and sidewalk to provide definition and separation between vehicular travel and pedestrian space. Intersection capacity, multi-modal connectivity and water quality infrastructure needs are additional challenges along the street.

Multimodal connections for the Washington Street corridor as well as the adjacent corridors will also be considered to integrate the street into a larger surrounding context. 

The study limits start at the South Platte River and extend north to the City and County of Denver municipal boundary limits near 52nd Avenue. The analysis, planning and conceptual design will address the changing land uses and the future vision for the corridor as a mixed use street, as previously identified in the Globeville neighborhood Plan.

Study map | click to enlarge

Public meeting #1 — May 3, 2017

Public Meeting #2 — August 15, 2017

Public Meeting #3 — October 24, 2017

October 2017 Community Working Group Meeting #5

August 2017 Community Working Group Meeting #4

June 2017 Community Working Group Meeting #3

March 2017 Community Working Group Meeting #2

February 2017 Community Working Group Meeting #1

October 27, 2016

Presentation to National Western Center Executive Oversight Committee, National Western Center Citizens Advisory Committee

Presentation (PDF)