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.
All Wadsworth traffic between 39th Avenue and 48th Avenue has shifted west onto temporary pavement for major construction activity along northbound Wadsworth. Within the work zone, left turns from Wadsworth are only permitted at 44th Avenue. Most of these access changes are permanent. The final plan is available for review at https://whatsupwheatridge.com/improve-wadsworth.
Crews have started removing pavement and installing new underground utilities along northbound Wadsworth. Single lane closures northbound are possible from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday through Friday; however, two lanes will remain open during peak hours. This work may impact how business and side street access are configured so drivers are asked to please note signage and any temporary barriers.
Work also continues on the new Clear Creek Trail connection north of 48th Avenue east of Wadsworth where retaining wall construction is underway.
All work is weather-dependent, and schedules are subject to change.
During this two-year construction project through traffic is encouraged to use Kipling Street and Sheridan Boulevard to travel north and south through Wheat Ridge. Project completion is anticipated in summer 2024.
Schedule and traffic impact information is updated weekly at What's Up Wheat Ridge-Wadsworth. Any community concerns may be directed to the project hotline at 303-390-0878 or by emailing email@example.com. To receive traffic alerts about changes to traffic patterns and lane closures, subscribe to Traffic Alerts on Notify Me on the City website.
To share a comment or ask a question regarding this project, contact the project hotline at 303-390-0878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org