Washington Area Program of Projects

The Washington Area Program of Projects is a collection of infrastructure improvements to be constructed to enhance the Globeville Elyria-Swansea (GES) neighborhoods.  The Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) is committed to ensuring that the voices of the community are heard at every stage of the development of the Washington Street area, including planning, design, construction and placemaking. Our goal is to strengthen connections with the community, and to be better able to respond to the many questions the projects will generate regarding coordination, alignment, and sequencing.


Community Advisory Group

To help keep the community advised of project updates between public meetings, DOTI has created the Washington Area Community Advisory Group (CAG) to facilitate communication and collaboration between its staff and the GES community. The CAG is intended to convene a diverse group of community members who represent various interests, including (but not limited to) residents, business and property owners and operators, registered neighborhood organizations (RNOs), schools, faith-based groups, community-based alliances, community leaders, and non-profit organizations.


Project Area Map


Master Schedule

Washington Area Program of Projects - Master Schedule 2022 (Part 1)

 

Washington Area Program of Projects - Master Schedule 2022 (Part 2)

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Master Schedule (Part 2) - Full Size(JPG, 202KB)


Active Projects

48th Avenue Outfall

Project Description

The 2014 Globeville Neighborhood Plan outlines a vision for a unique, strong, connected, and healthy Globeville. Nuisance flooding from stormwater runoff is a well-documented challenge within the community as well as major surface ponding issues in the Argo Park area. The neighborhood sits in the Globeville/Utah Junction Drainage Basin which does not have a formal drainage channel to carry stormwater to the South Platte River. Instead, stormwater drains out of the neighborhood through undersized stormwater pipes and the street network.

The general project alignment starts at the “uphill/upstream” location of Lincoln Street and 48th Avenue, passes through Argo Park, under the BNSF railway, crosses Washington Street, and then continues “downhill/downstream” along 48th Avenue to a new stormwater outfall into the South Platte River.

The Globeville drainage basin has been heavily studied in recent years. The design and construction of this project builds upon the drainage analysis and conceptual design completed as part of the Globeville Stormwater Systems Study (GSSS) – Final Draft December 2019.  This initiative will also coordinate and connect with several other ongoing infrastructure improvements in the neighborhood including Heron Pond, Platte Farm Open Space, Washington Street and the Bettie Cram Drive Bridge connecting to the National Western Center.


Study Goals or Purpose

The 48th Avenue Outfall, when complete, will provide relief for some of the drainage problems in the Globeville neighborhood with the potential to create a community connection to the South Platte River, expand access to green space, and further the community’s goal of a more walkable neighborhood.

This project will design stormwater improvements for the entire project corridor from Lincoln Street to the South Platte River. Phase 1 of construction for the 48th Avenue Outfall will begin with the downstream segment from the west side of Washington Street to the South Platte River.


Study Area Map or Site Drawing

48th Avenue Storm Outfall Opportunities


Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

48th Avenue Outfall Project Schedule - Washington Area Program of Projects

 
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Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

Lauren Winnen – Lauren.Winnen@denvergov.org


Globeville Levee Improvements

Project Description

The City and County of Denver, and Mile High Flood District are moving forward with an engineering design and construction project to upgrade the existing levee and flood control system along the west bank of the South Platte River called the Globeville Levee Improvements. The Globeville Levee improvements will extend from W 31st Street to N Franklin Street. This project is currently in the design phase (Phase 2), which is expected to continue through 2021. Construction dates will be determined following the final design.

For more information, please visit the Globeville Levee Improvements page.

Globeville Levee Improvements


Study Goals or Purpose

The Globeville Levee project was identified as a key project to reduce flood risk in the Globeville/Utah Junction basin (Basin 0059-01) in the Globeville Stormwater System Study (GSSS) completed by Merrick and Company. The GSSS evaluated options and provided recommendations for reducing the risk of river flooding to avoid floodplain re-designation from this spill. The final draft of the GSSS dated December 2019 identified that the height of the existing levee located along the west side of the South Platte River, next to the existing trail, is approximately 2 feet lower than the 3 feet minimum freeboard required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in most locations, and identified a spill location during a 100-year storm event just south of 38th Street on the west bank of the river, south and upstream of the existing levee. The goal of the Globeville Levee project is to improve the existing levee to meet the FEMA requirements, and install a new levee to eliminate the spill at 38th Street.


Study Area Map or Site Drawing

Globeville Levee Improvements Project study area map

Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

  • Phase 1 (from 50th Ave to Franklin Street) – Design is complete. Construction will begin in February 2021. Phase 1 is part of the 52nd and Emerson Water Quality Project (Carpio-Sanguinette Park/ Heron Pond) and is being built concurrently with the 51st Avenue Bridge Project.
  • Phase 2 (from 50th Avenue to 38th Street) – Data collection and preliminary design kicked off at the beginning of 2021. Final design is expected to be complete in early 2022, with construction anticipated to begin late 2022 or early 2023. Phase 2 may be broken into additional phases for construction pending available budget.
  • Phase 3 (from 38th Street to 31st Street) – Data collection and preliminary design kicked off at the beginning of 2021. Final design is expected to follow, with construction anticipated in the next few years.

Globeville Levee Improvements project schedule graphic

 

Globeville Levee Project Schedule - Full Size(JPG, 54KB)


Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

Kelly Crum, P.E., Engineer
Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kelly.Crum@denvergov.org


Pedestrian/GES Sidewalk Improvements

Project Description

$17 Million in funding from Elevate Denver Bond “Globeville Elyria-Swansea Pedestrian Connectivity Improvements”. First set of projects currently in design, and construction of first projects anticipated to start within next year and continue for next several years in different areas throughout neighborhood.

For more information, please visit the Sidewalk Improvements page.

New Sidewalk Construction page


Study Goals or Purpose

There are a number of pedestrian and sidewalk improvements planned in Globeville/Elyria-Swansea (GES) to be constructed in 2021-2023. There may be impacts to the construction timeline due to ROW/utilities. Please visit the project website (linked above) for more information on sidewalk project locations in the GES area.


Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

Sidewalk Construction Schedule graphic

Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

Chris Krook – Christopher.Krook@denvergov.org


Washington Area Multimodal Prioritization Study

Project Description

Building upon the existing vision established in GES neighborhood planning and the NWC Master plan, the city desires to develop a cohesive planning vision-network study to understand how the various private and public investments interact and opportunities to enhance the mobility network along the riverfront and neighborhood connections to transit.

The effort begins with a multi-modal connectivity assessment (bicycle, pedestrian, transit & vehicular) of corridors within the study area, including a summary of previous planning recommendations and current DOTI transportation infrastructure investments.


Study Goals or Purpose

The team will identify opportunities, challenges and tradeoffs relevant to the prioritization of future improvements that create a walkable, safe, high quality multimodal transportation network for the area.  The study will be conducted through Summer 2021 and include:

  • Transparent communication process with the Washington Area Community Advisory Group and public
  • Immediate action items, transportation elements and prioritized connectivity improvements coming out of the evaluation
  • Next steps/action items for higher level opportunities identified in previous planning efforts

Study Area Map or Site Drawing

Washington Area Multimodal Prioritization Study map

Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

Washington Street Multimodal Prioritization Study project timeline graphic


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Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

David Pulsipher – David.Pulsipher@denvergov.org


Washington Street Final Design: 47th Avenue to the County Boundary

Project Description

The City and County of Denver, in coordination with the Globeville community, conducted a two-year study of the Washington Street Corridor that concluded in 2018. The study recommended redesigning Washington Street to support the community’s vision for a mixed-use riverfront destination that capitalizes on its proximity to the South Platte River and National Western Center.


Study Goals or Purpose

To review, evaluate, and design the preferred alternative cross-section for Washington Street. The preferred alternative currently includes vehicle travel lanes, possible landscape amenity zones, bike and pedestrian facilities, on-street parking and green infrastructure.


Study Area Map or Site Drawing


Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

The City is currently evaluating the preferred alternative to identify how to reduce construction and right of way costs while still maintaining the project’s goals. Final design of Washington Street is anticipated to begin in late 2021.

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Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

Jim Geist – James.Geist@denvergov.org


51st Avenue: Logan Street to Emerson Street

Project Description

Denver's Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, or DOTI, will make improvements along 51st Avenue from Logan Street to Emerson Street to help move people safely, whether they’re in a car, on a bike or on foot. The improvements, which are in the design stages, will connect directly with the new bridge over the South Platte River and will provide connectivity between Globeville and the National Western Center.


Study Goals or Purpose

The following enhancements are proposed along this stretch of 51st Avenue:

  • East of Washington Street build a new multi-use path on both sides of 51st Avenue.
  • West of Washington Street build a new sidewalk on the south side of 51st Avenue and install buffered bike lanes on both sides of the roadway.
  • Realign the offset intersection at Washington Street and 51st Avenue. The two existing three-leg intersections will be eliminated, and a new four-leg intersection will be constructed at the location of the eastern leg’s alignment.
  • Install a new traffic signal at the new four-leg intersection of Washington St and 51st Avenue and provide pedestrian crossings.
  • Improve the railroad crossing on 51st Avenue just east of Logan Street by installing sidewalks and updating the roadway signing and striping on the crossing approach.

Study Area Map or Site Drawing

51st Avenue, west of Washington Street - existing conditions and proposed improvements graphic

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Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

Design is expected to be complete by early 2022 and with right of way and easement acquisition commencing soon after. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2024.

51st Avenue Projects Schedule graphic

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Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

Jim Geist – James.Geist@denvergov.org


Bikeway Improvements

Project Description

DOTI is committed to implementing a network of better bike facilities in our city that make it safer, more comfortable and viable for people to ride bikes, and to creating a bike network that connects people to the places they want to go. 

Annually, DOTI efficiently coordinates the installation of bikeways recommended in the Denver Moves: Bicycles Program with annual paving activities. DOTI intends to implement bike lanes in coordination with street repaving efforts, which are scheduled to occur between April and October 2021. Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) will receive information by email, and flyers will be delivered to properties along the corridor in advance of the repaving work, to notify homeowners and businesses of the changes on the roadway that they will see following paving.

A virtual meeting for the Globeville Area Bike Mobility Projects including E 51st, E 45th, and N Lincoln St. was held February 25, 2021 and the meeting video can be seen below.


Study Goals or Purpose

Lincoln Street Neighborhood Bikeway: Between E 51st Avenue and E 44th Avenue

Lincoln Street was identified as a “neighborhood bikeway” in Globeville Neighborhood Plan (2014) and Denver Moves: Bicycles in 2011/2015). Funding for improvements will come the Elevate Denver bond program. Improvements are intended slow down speeds, improve visibility and make the street safer for everyone that uses it.

E 51ST Avenue Bike Lane: Between N Broadway Street and N Washington Street

E 51st is recommended as a bike lane in Globeville Neighborhood Plan (2014) and in Denver Moves: Bicycles (2011/2015). The street is scheduled to be repaved in 20201 and presents an opportunity to improve bicycle mobility on this street. Opportunities to link destinations, such as: N Lincoln St neighborhood bikeway, E 51st Ave shared use sidewalk, Carpio Sanguinette Park, Heron Pond/Heller Open Space, South Platte River Trail, The Laradon School, Stapleton Recreation Center.

East 45th Bike Connectivity: Between South Platte River Trail and N Broadway Street/E 44th Avenue

We are exploring options to provide a more comfortable east-west bike connection and are looking at 44th and 46th too. Opportunities to link destinations, such as: Beloved Community Village, South Platte River Trail, Globeville Landing Park, Garden Place Elementary School.


Study Area Map or Site Drawing

Map of Lincoln Street between 51st and 45th Avenues

Project Schedule and Upcoming Next Steps

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Project Contact Info - City PM email

For more information or questions about this specific project, please contact:

Riley LaMie – Riley.LaMie@denvergov.org



Previous Meeting Recordings

Community Open House and CAG Meetings

June 23, 2022

A Washington Area virtual community meeting was held on June 23, 2022 and meeting recordings can be viewed below.

Meeting Recording (English)
Meeting Recording (español)


March 24, 2022 - CAG Meeting

A Washington Area virtual community meeting was held on March 24, 2022 and a meeting recording can be viewed below.

Meeting Recording (English) 


February 24, 2022 - CAG Meeting

A Washington Area virtual community meeting was held on February 24, 2022 and meeting recordings can be viewed below.

Meeting Recording (English)
Meeting Recording (Spanish)


January 27, 2022 - CAG Meeting

A Washington Area virtual community meeting was held on January 27, 2022 and meeting recordings can be viewed below.

Meeting Recording (English)
Meeting Recording (Spanish)


December 14, 2021 - Community Open House

A Washington Area virtual community meeting was held on December 14, 2021 and the meeting presentation can be viewed below.

Meeting Recording (YouTube)

Meeting Presentation(PDF, 3MB)

Washington Street Area Connectivity Map - Full Size(JPG, 2MB)

Washington Street Connectivity Area Map as of December 2021


September 23, 2021 - CAG Meeting

Meeting Recording


September 14, 2021 - Community Open House

Meeting Recording


May 18, 2021 - Community Open House

Meeting Recording