27th Street Storm Interceptor Project
The 27th Street Storm Interceptor Project will improve public infrastructure and safety, relieving drainage and flooding issues in Five Points, the Curtis Park neighborhood and the RiNo Art District.
PHASE 3: In addition to providing flood relief in the immediate area, the new, enlarged 27th Street stormwater system will work in concert with stormwater systems along 33rd and 36th Streets to provide greater flood protection to the larger area.
This project will employ both open trench construction and tunneling methods. Tunneling will occur for the portion beneath Welton and the RTD Light Rail tracks, allowing Welton to stay open for the duration of the work.
In addition to installing a new large diameter pipe, this project will also include:
- new ADA ramps
- curb / gutter
- tree planters
- large inlets constructed on Washington between 25th and Welton to alleviate flooding in the immediate area
Clean-up, landscaping and restoration work
Steel casing connecting old pipe into new system
Old pipe being prepared for tie-in with new pipe
Crews are constructing the transition structure
The original 100+ year-old brick stormwater pipe
Unearthed 100+ year-old brick stormwater pipe
Phase 3 Construction Update - 6/30/22
Status: Crews will be backfilling the manhole structures over the next few days. We also have inlet and lateral work ongoing, with the three inlets on Washington finishing up by the end of the month. Site clean-up / landscaping details / restoration work along the construction route continues as well. We are still on schedule to pave 26th—from Welton to Glenarm—next week.
Impacts Coming Week of July 5th: The paving of 26th—from Welton to Glenarm—will necessitate some closures as noted on the map above. There will also be some new “no-parking” signs in place to accommodate that work.
Current Impacts: There continues to be some intermittent lane closures along California—and along 26th from California to Welton–as crews work on planters, signage, landscaping, and striping.
Washington Street is currently closed from Glenarm to the alley on Washington between 25th Ave. and 24th Ave. 25th Ave. is closed between Clarkson and Washington Street, and local traffic has one lane of access until the inlets and ramps are completed. 26th Street is now open between Welton and Glenarm through the intersection of Glenarm and 26th Street. Glenarm is also now open from 26th to Washington. The upcoming paving operations next week will close some streets which are now open.
Welton continues to remain open during construction unless an unforeseen safety issue causes a temporary closure. RTD’s Light Rail remains open at all times during construction. Business access always remains open. Please continue to follow all suggested detour routes.
Power Outages: Xcel Energy has been performing some emergency repairs in the area over the past few days. These repairs have nothing to do with this construction project. The power in the neighborhood is overhead and most homes power is fed through the alley, so our crews would not affect those lines. Please refer all power outage questions to Xcel Energy and if you need to report an outage to Xcel, here’s a link: https://www.outagemap-xcelenergy.com/outagemap/
Holiday Schedule: Crews will not be working this Friday—or Monday of next week—in observation of Independence Day.
Need Help?: Just let us know. You can reach out via email, or text / call the hotline and we will get right back to you.
Happy 4th of July!
Upcoming Phase 4 Information
This project will improve public safety by installing a large storm drain to relieve drainage and flooding issues in Five Points, the Curtis Park neighborhood and the RiNo Art District. This storm drain project will pick up where the current Phase 3 leaves off.
- Anticipated Construction: 2025
Additional improvements will include:
- ADA ramps
- Sidewalk improvements
- New inlets and laterals at all intersections
- Bikeway improvements in conjunction with the 22nd Ave. Bikeway Project
- Full asphalt replacement
- Closures limited to two blocks and two intersections at a time
- Pedestrian access to residents and businesses inside the project area will always be open
- Signage will clearly define and direct detour routes
Phase 4 Project Map
Phase 2 Archive
Status: Construction was completed in Fall 2020
Sod Watering: The contractor initially watered the new sod, and now it becomes the responsibility of the property owner.
During this project we have appreciated your patience with closures, water service interruptions and all of the inconveniences projects of this type bring. Thank you for working with us along the way.
27th Street will be closed to traffic in sections up to two blocks at a time, between Arapahoe and California Streets. Traffic will be detoured onto adjacent streets as needed, but residential, business and pedestrian access will be maintained via secondary access points or through the construction zone.
Existing water lines and sanitary sewer lines will need to be relocated to accommodate the new storm sewer pipe. Businesses and residences along 27th Street (between Arapahoe and California Streets) will have temporary water and sewer disruptions to complete the relocation work. Advance notice will be provided to those who will be impacted.
Storm drainage systems are far beneath the surface of city streets, and thus require shoring of the excavation sites to ensure the safety of the workers below. There are many types and methods of shoring that have been used on previous stormwater projects — some of these methods are more invasive than others. Sheet piling and beam and lagging shoring systems are examples of shoring methods that are more invasive. Slide rail and trench boxes are examples of the less invasive shoring systems.
This phase of the 27th St. Storm Interceptor project is far less complicated than Phase 1, thus it is likely that the contractor will be using minimally invasive shoring methods combining the use of slide rail systems and trench boxes. We do not anticipate that the contractor will need to use sheet piling or beam and lagging to complete this project, and therefore we do not anticipate any vibration issues on Phase 2.
There will be a monitoring system in place, similar to what was in place on Phase 1. Anyone with questions or concerns about vibration issues can contact the CCD project manager, Aaron McMichael, to resolve the issue.
The 27th Street Storm Interceptor project is one of several large-diameter storm drain projects to relieve drainage and flooding issues in the Five Points and Curtis Park neighborhoods and the RiNo Art District. Currently in this area, stormwater runoff drains to the South Platte River at the over-burdened 36th Street Outfall, leading to flooding during storms. When complete, the new storm drain system will connect to an existing 108-inch storm drain at Coors Field Parking Garage at Blake Street, balancing water flow between multiple systems and resulting in less flooding along the 27th and Washington Street corridors.
Phase 3 and additional future phases of the project are still in design, but the alignment is expected to run from the end of Phase 2 down California Street to 26th Ave, southeast along 26th Ave to Washington Street and continue south down Washington Street toward 20th Ave. These future phases are still seeking funding approval.
The 27th Street Storm Drain project was first identified in the 2005 Stormwater Master Plan. This project is a high priority focus stormwater basin and was included in the 2016-2021 Six-Year Capital Improvement program.
Phase 1 Archive
Phase 1 construction began at the Coors Field Parking Garage in October 2018 and continued upstream (eastward) along 27th Street to Arapahoe. This phase was completed in June 2019.