Federal Boulevard is a critical north-south link on Denver’s west side possessing some of the most unique and culturally diverse businesses and neighborhoods in the City. This nine-mile corridor is a mecca for small, locally owned businesses and ethnic cuisine. The corridor is also home to 21 registered neighborhoods whose communities represent English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Somali-speaking residents, a number of community, city and regional parks and a plethora of cherished local businesses. The road also serves a university and the destination for one of the region’s most celebrated venues, Broncos Stadium at Mile High. In addition, with five local bus routes, two limited service routes, and light rail (W Line at the Decatur-Federal Station) Federal is the second busiest RTD corridor in the city.
The road is a Colorado State Highway (SH-287) that sees 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles travel through it in Denver every day. The corridor has been identified as High Injury Network (HIN) in DOTI’s and DRCOG’s Vision Zero program. The rate of fatalities on Federal was 20 times higher than the urban rate on Colorado roadways, making the corridor a regional safety priority.
With so much diversity and intensity, DOTI is coordinating closely with partners to expedite a variety of safety improvements, many of which were recommended in the 2017 Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan. The planning, design, and construction of these improvements is underway from various organizations (DOTI, CDOT, Xcel Energy, Denver Water, RTD, and many other partners) and are intended to create safer environments for pedestrians and transit users, improve water quality flowing to the South Platte River, improve air quality, enhance streetscapes, and create a sense of place that will benefit local businesses, residents and visitors.
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