Wadsworth Boulevard Widening Project, 35th Avenue to I-70

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Project Update  

The City of Wheat Ridge has developed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Wadsworth Boulevard Widening project from 35th Avenue to I-70. The document is available for public viewing and comment beginning Monday, April 22 through Wednesday June 5, 2019. View the EA here

Hard copies will also be available for review at the following locations:  

  • City of Wheat Ridge Municipal Building 
    • Hardcopy EA and technical appendices available for review
    • City of Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation offices 
    • Hardcopy of EA only
    • Region 1 - Environmental, 2829 W. Howard Pl., Denver, CO 80204.
  • Federal Highway Administration office
    • Hardcopy of EA only
    • Colorado Division, 12300 W. Dakota Avenue, Suite 180, Lakewood, CO 80228

Please also join us for a Public Meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 5-8 p.m. with presentations at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 W. 29th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. To request Spanish translation or an ASL interpreter, notify Mark Westberg by email, by 5 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2019.

Submit written comments any time during the April 22 through June 5, 2019 public comment period at any of the above viewing locations, by email: wadscomments@hdrinc.com or by mail to Cristina Beermann, c/o HDR, 1670 Broadway, Denver, CO 80202.

A public open house to discuss the EA was held on May 22, 2019. Materials presented include:

Wadsworth Environmental Assessment

In April 2016, the City of Wheat Ridge initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the widening of Wadsworth Boulevard. The study has reviewed environmental impacts associated with transportation improvements planned for Wadsworth between 35th Avenue and I-70.

The EA is part of Wheat Ridge’s project to prepare for the widening of Wadsworth Boulevard, with construction projected to begin in 2020. This work builds off of a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study for Wadsworth that was completed in 2015 with input from the local community. The major components of the proposed project are to reconstruct the street to a 6-lane section; provide better bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities; manage driveway access to the street; and provide enhanced amenity zones along the corridor, particularly in the City Center section between W. 38th and W. 44th Avenues.

The current schedule for finalizing the Environmental Assessment and moving into construction is below:

  • EA decision document: Summer 2019
  • Right-of-way acquisition process: Summer 2019 - Spring 2020
  • Construction: 2020-2022


Project Status

The most recent public meeting took place on January 30, 2019.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the cul-de-sac design of W. 48th Avenue. Meeting materials here.

On March 9, 2018 the City of Wheat Ridge hosted four "Block by Block" meetings for business and property owners in the Wadsworth Boulevard Widening project area. Over 70 property and business owners participated in the four meetings, where the City shared the latest project updates including access plans, possible property impacts, schedule updates, ideas about eventual construction phasing, and the most current roadway design. These discussions also gave the City a chance to gather additional feedback from property and business owners prior to finalizing the Environmental Assessment for the project.

Meeting materials from select prior public meetings are provided at the bottom of this page.  The next public meeting will be May 22, 2019.  


Proposed Design

During the early stages of the EA for the Wadsworth Widening project, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) voiced concern over the number of signalized intersections described in the original 2015 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study, which was intended to be the design basis for the EA. 

This concern led the City to consider alternative design options for the corridor to better align the goals of the City with the needs of CDOT. Of the designs considered, a simple version of a Continuous Flow Intersection for both 38th and 44th Avenues seems to meet CDOT and the City’s objectives best by helping to reduce congestion while improving the corridor’s ability to serve drivers, bikes, pedestrians, and transit. CFIs are innovative intersection designs that are increasingly being used around the country. In Colorado they can be found in Durango, Loveland, and will soon be built in both Douglas and Arapahoe Counties. To see how a CFI would work at 38th and Wadsworth, please watch the video below.

CFI Design



Layout of the CFI designs being considered for intersections of Wadsworth and 38th & 44th Avenues. CFIs can help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion by 30-70%.






Project History


Contact


If you would like to share a comment or ask a question regarding this project, you may contact Mark Westberg, Projects Supervisor, by phone (303) 235-2863 or email.