In 2016, Wheat Ridge voters supported the improvement of Wadsworth Boulevard to relieve traffic congestion, improve business access, and provide better options for pedestrians and cyclists. Last improved in 1950, this project includes modernizing and improving Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to I-70 with efficient and safe intersection designs at 38th and 44th Avenues, safer entrances and exits for vehicles accessing businesses, and a continuous sidewalk on the west and a bike/pedestrian path on the east side of Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to the Clear Creek Trail. With a total cost of approximately $60 million, this project will transform Wadsworth into a multimodal roadway that enhances traffic operations, improves access, and supports the vision of a livable, walkable mixed-use corridor.
Reconstructing the intersection of Wadsworth and 44th Avenue is a major part of the Wadsworth Improvement Project. Underground utility work near the intersection requires frequent traffic shifts and lane closures. Once utility relocations are out of the way, the contractor will start constructing surface improvements for the continuous flow intersection (CFI).
Progress is becoming more visible on Wadsworth as work moves above ground. Permanent concrete pavement along northbound Wadsworth south of I-70 is coming along, and paving work is expected to continue through winter. Extensive retaining wall construction for the new Clear Creek Trail connection south of I-70 also continues.
The contractor installed the new sanitary sewer system underneath Wadsworth from 3 Acre Lane to 48th Avenue. Water line and storm sewer work will continue through fall. After months of working on utility improvements underground, several things are taking shape above ground too. The contractor placed curb and gutter and asphalt paving in the 48th Avenue cul-de-sac east of Wadsworth.
The project is in the process of replacing old infrastructure – some dating back to the 1950s! The corridor is undergoing a major overhaul and your continued patience traveling through the work zone is appreciated.
Schedule and traffic impact information is updated weekly at What's Up Wheat Ridge-Wadsworth. To receive traffic alerts about changes to traffic patterns and lane closures, subscribe to Wadsworth Improvement Traffic Alerts on Notify Me on the City website.