The City and County of Denver’s Public Infrastructure (38th & Blake Station) TOD Project made infrastructure improvements to provide better pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access to the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD’s) 38th & Blake rail station.
The Blake Street Bridge improvements are part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC), an initiative of Mayor Michael B. Hancock to strategically align six redevelopment projects in North Denver.
To enhance mobility around the new RTD commuter rail station at 38th & Blake, part of the University of Colorado A Line that opened in spring 2016, Denver Public Works completed several multimodal improvements:
- Flattening the “hump” on the Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street so drivers have a better view of pedestrians and people on bikes
- Installed nearly 4,000 feet of new sidewalks in the area, including wider sidewalks on each side of the bridge for enhanced pedestrian mobility and safety
- Dedicated bike lanes in both directions
- A new, multi-use trail connection between 38th/Walnut Street and RTD’s 38th and Blake Station
Construction began on the 38th & Blake Station area improvements in 2015 in preparation for the RTD A-Line commuter rail opening in 2016. Construction on the sidewalks and Blake Street Bridge was completed in April 2016.