For years, Brighton Boulevard has been a short cut or back door into downtown Denver. The boulevard has also been home to many businesses that enjoy its close proximity to I-70 and I-25. Brighton Blvd.’s location and current redevelopment efforts will turn this corridor into a main gateway to downtown Denver.
The project limits are along Brighton Boulevard from 29th Street to City limits on the north side of I-70. The plan will build on previous planning efforts to develop a vision for typical street crossings, including travel and turn lanes, curbs and medians and highlight its unique eclectic mix of old and new uses and building forms.
Brighton Blvd. will also enhance the City’s economic vision and create a return on investment. The corridor will not only link the neighborhood to DIA, it will stimulate reinvestment by making this an area of choice for people and businesses. This effort provides a great opportunity to build synergies and partnerships between public and private investment by encouraging innovative collaborations that will catalyze new development and create new riverfront open space.
The Brighton Blvd Redevelopment project has two segments; 29th Ave. through 44th Ave. and the National Western Center Brighton Segment. Both projects are at different stages.
BRIGHTON BLVD. REDEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR: SEGMENT FROM 29TH AVE. - 44TH AVE.
The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will provide public right-of-way improvements including travel and turn lanes, curbs and medians, protected bike lanes, pedestrian amenities and other engineering work between 29th St. and 44th St. Final design will run through the end of the year (2015), with construction occurring throughout 2016 and completed in 2017. Planned improvements will create a well-designed, functional Brighton Boulevard, helping establish it as a gateway to Denver.
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BRIGHTON BLVD. REDEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR: NATIONAL WESTERN CENTER SEGMENT
The NDCC is continuing its design work for Brighton Boulevard redevelopment as it passes under I-70 and continues north through the future National Western Center. The design effort focuses on four context zones that reflect the unique design features in this segment of Brighton Boulevard and include the redesign of the roadway, the configuration for bike and pedestrian facilities, and the recommended design for sustainable water quality treatments.
Although funding is not currently available to take this project to final design and construction, the preliminary design will provide input into the design for the I-70 reconstruction and the new RTD light rail station at the National Western Complex. It is important to develop the preliminary design to ensure future construction supports the Elyria Swansea neighborhood plan and the vision for the future National Western Center.
Preliminary Design Project Timeline
Public outreach is currently in place to gather feedback from the community. A public meeting will take place during the summer 2015 with preliminary design completion following.
For more information, please contact John LaSala, Denver Public Works, 720-913-4534.