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Current Public Works Projects

On this page, you’ll find information about major studies, planning efforts, and construction projects currently underway in Denver Public Works. 

Public Facilities

This pilot program is part of a larger city initiative to meet needs for publicly accessible restrooms in the central part of the City. In addition to mobile restroom facilities that can be moved to serve select activities and areas, the City is also reactivating existing facilities at parks and public sites.

See locations, more information, and latest news

Denver Public Works repairs and improves public streets wtih services that include paving, pothole patching, curb and gutter repairs, and curb ramp installation, as well as maintenance tasks such as street sweeping and snow removal.

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Storm/Sanitary Sewer Improvements

Denver is taking a comprehensive approach to better protecting people and property against flooding while improving water quality and enhancing public spaces. The Platte to Park Hill: Stormwater Systems program is focused in the near-term on the northern neighborhoods of Elyria, Swansea, Cole, Clayton, Skyland, Whittier, Five Points and Northwest Park Hill. The City began planning this phased effort in Summer 2015.

  • Globeville Landing Outfall: Construction began late 2016, with construction of other project elements anticipated to begin in 2018.
  • City Park Golf Course Redesign: The design-build phase is underway. The course will be open through golf season 2017 and will reopen in 2019.
  • 39th Avenue Greenway and Open Channel: Design guidelines for the greenway were finalized in early 2017 and construction is expected to begin in winter 2017-18. 

Read more about the projects

Denver is installing a new storm sewer system in the Curtis Park neighborhood to provide 5-year storm protection to residents and businesses in the area and important drainage improvement around RTD’s East Rail Line. Five Points, Whittier, and City Park West neighborhoods are also situated in these drainage basins.

Storm drain construction starts at the South Platte River progressing uphill in 33rd Street, crossing the Downing Street intersection and continuing upstream in Martin Luther King Boulevard from Downing Street to Lafayette Street. Construction is scheduled in several phases, expected to continue through 2018.

Updates and details about the 33rd Street Outfall project

The City and County of Denver is currently planning a permanent flood protection stormwater detention facility for the Marston neighborhood in South Denver, to be constructed in the city-owned natural area south of Garrison and Union Park. Denver Public Works and Denver Parks & Recreation are coordinating park redesign and community review.

Construction is scheduled to begin in October 2017 and conclude in June 2018.

Read more about the work at the Glenbrook Stormwater Detention Basin

Denver Public Works and Flatiron Constructors will be conducting work on the Park Hill Storm Phase V project on Dahlia Street between 48th Avenue and up to Smith Road (before the railroad tracks) from October 2017 to October 2018. This project is the continuation of the Phase IV project completed in 2014, with the goal of reducing localized flooding problems and damage to roadways and private property.

Read more about construction on the Park Hill Storm project

The City and County of Denver and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) are conducting an Outfall System Plan Study of stormwater management in the Montclair watershed. The Montclair drainage basin is over 9 square miles and is divided into the lower portion downstream of Ferril Lake in City Park, and the upper portion upstream of City Park. The current stormwater drainage system needs to be improved in some key areas. The Montclair Basin has been identified as a priority basin for storm drainage improvements and water quality improvement.

Read more about the current phase of the study

The East Yale Avenue Storm Drain project will address frequent flooding in the University Hills neighborhood in southeast Denver, at the geographic low point in S. Glencoe Street south of E. Yale Avenue. This location was identified as a Significant Flooding Location in the City’s Storm Drainage Master Plan. The project will improve the storm infrastructure to adequately drain the neighborhood’s low lying area. The additional outfall system will help contain flooding and improve public safety during major storms. 

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018. Read more about the project at


Denver Public Works is making the city a more connected place for pedestrians with a new program to construct and improve sidewalks along City parks. The Department received $2.5 million in its budget this year for sidewalk construction and is coordinating with Denver Parks and Recreation on vetting locations, while some of the work got underway in May.

Areas being looked at for new and improved sidewalk connections:

  • North side of City Park on 23rd Avenue from York to Colorado Boulevard
  • Stretches of Albrook and East 46th Avenue adjacent to Montbello Open Space
  • Locations around the perimeter of Sloan’s Lake Park
  • Yosemite Street, Syracuse to the Highline Canal

Denver Public Works will convert 19th Avenue and 20th Avenue to provide two-way vehicular travel on both streets through the North Capitol Hill/Uptown area, between approximately Broadway and Park Avenue West. New bicycle facilities will be included on both 19th and 20th Avenues, and Grant and Logan Streets will also be converted to two-way vehicular operation between 18th and 20th Avenues.

Construction began in Summer 2017 and scheduled to be completed in Spring 2018.

Read more about the 19th & 20th Avenues Conversion project

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will design and construct critical public infrastructure (e.g. cycle track, sidewalks, curb/gutter, on-street parking and more) on Brighton Boulevard, helping establish Brighton as a gateway to Denver.

Work on the first two segments, from 29th Street to 44th Street, began in Fall 2016 and is expected to continue through Spring 2018. Additional construction along the corridor will be planned in phases to the northern city limits.

The initial vision was developed in 2014, followed by a planning process with stakeholders to determine key elements for the design.

Read more about the Brighton Blvd project 

Denver Public Works has completed Phase III improvements to Cherry Creek South Drive as part of a vision for the corridor that began more than 15 years ago. Construction began in May 2017 and was substantially completed in November 2017, with landscaping and other work to be completed in Spring 2018.

The new roadway provides an enhanced experience for all modes of travel with improved access to the Cherry Creek Trail, including new curb, gutter and sidewalk, landscaped medians, pedestrian amenities, and traffic signals.

Read more about the Cherry Creek South Drive Project - Phase III

Colfax Corridor Connections is a project that is studying mobility needs and identifying transit and other multimodal improvements, including bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular, within the East Colfax travel corridor. The corridor is roughly bounded by I-25 and I-225 to the west and east, respectively, and by 12th Avenue and 20th Avenue on the south and north.

Read more about the Colfax Corridor Connections project

In September 2015, The City and County of Denver launched the Denver Moves Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study to evaluate new concepts for moving more people, safely, along the corridor between Colfax and I-25.

The second phase of the study began in August 2016, with installation of a two-way protected bikeway on South Broadway from Bayaud to Virigina, to help Denver Public Works evaluate safe travel options for everyone along the corridor. The bikeway is part of a larger Broadway/Lincoln Corridor study that kicked off a year ago with a community-driven process that helped determine the bikeway’s placement.

Denver Public Works is preparing improvements to Federal Boulevard between West 5th Avenue and Howard Place to improve safety and operations for multimodal travel. Preliminary design began in 2011, following the vision established in the city's Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan in 1995 and a study of Federal Boulevard between 5th Avenue and Howard Place.

Roadway reconstruction between W 7th Ave and Holden Place is expected to begin in 2018; additional restriping is planned between 5th and 7th avenues and from Holden to Howard.

Read more about the Federal Blvd project

The project comprises the design and construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge with stairs and ramps crossing over the Union Pacific railroad line, south of the existing crossing at 47th Avenue and York Street. Design will conclude in 2018, with construction expected to take place in 2019. 

This location was identified in the Elyria Swansea at York - East/West Connectivity Study conducted in 2016 to evaluate multi-modal connectivity in Elyria Swansea and improvements in the area north of I-70 and south of 49th Avenue.

Read more about the 47th & York crossing

Denver Public Works is planning improvements to 56th Avenue across the Peña Transportation Corridor, from Memphis Street east to approximately 400 feet east of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) A-Line rail bridge, to improve traffic operations and safety of the interchange, address future travel demand, and enhance multimodal use and connectivity.

Environmental should be completed late summer or early fall 2018, with final design completed in December 2018. Construction should begin spring of 2019.

Read more about the planned improvements at 56th & Peña

The Hampden Avenue corridor is a critical east-west arterial near the southern limits of the City and County of Denver serving residents, visitors, shoppers, and employers. The vision for Hampden Avenue is to increase corridor connectivity and provide multimodal options that are safe and comfortable for all users, better reflecting the needs and desires of the community. The goal of the study is to identify improvements that can be implemented in the near- and long-term.

Read more about the Hampden Avenue Corridor Study

This project will provide a continuous multi-use trail bypassing the busy intersection of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard by building two underpasses beneath these two major arterials. This will improve the connection of the High Line Canal Trail in Denver and neighboring areas, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

A final design is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Construction would begin in 2018 or later.

See project maps, features, and renderings

This project will involve a 1.1 mile extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) from Havana Street east to Peoria Street within the Stapleton Redevelopment Area. The new roadway will include travel and parking lane changes, multi-use paths for bicycles and pedestrians, a soft-surface equestrian trail, and new signals and street lighting. 

The City and County of Denver prepared a Reevaluation of an earlier 2011 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA). The Reevaluation was approved by CDOT and FHWA on June 21, 2017. Following a month-long public review and comment period that included a public meeting, CDOT and FHWA approved a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in October 2017.

Based on approval of the FONSI, final design is now underway, to be followed by obtaining required permits and construction beginning in 2018.

Read more about the MLK Extension plans

The City and County of Denver is initiating the next phase of planning and design of improvements to Quebec Street between East 13th Avenue and East 26th Avenue. The project intends to improve mobility and safety, reduce congestion, and enhance multimodal connectivity along this vital north-south corridor.

Following the Quebec Alternatives Analysis finalized in 2015, Denver Public Works is beginning the NEPA environmental review process and preliminary design for Quebec Street improvements. This phase is expected to conclude in 2019, with the final design to follow. Construction on any improvements that are cleared through the environmental review process would not begin until 2022-23.

Read more about the Quebec Corridor project

As part of the SH 30 Hampden/Havana Pedestrian Safety Connections Improvements Project, Denver and CDOT are adding sidewalks, enhanced landscaping and other amenities to enhance the pedestrian environment along Hampden Avenue and Havana Street, from approximately Dayton Street to Dartmouth Avenue.

Construction began in Fall 2016 and was substantially completed at the end of 2017. Landscaping and other work will be completed in Spring 2018.

Read more about the Hampden/Havana project

Go Speer Leetsdale examined transportation connectivity and operational needs for travel modes within the Speer/Leetsdale Corridor — a prominent travel route for Denver residents and one piece of the larger travel movement conecting people to I-25 to the west and to I-225 to the southeast.

This study evaluated methods and modes, such as walking, biking, public transit, and driving, to improve the way this corridor moves people between Broadway to the northwest and East Mississippi Avenue to the southeast. The study also considered transportation facilities within approximately a half-mile north and south of the main corridor to acknowledge the broader roadway network that influences Speer Leetsdale.

Read the final report and key recommendations from the Go Speer Leetsdale study

The City and County of Denver's planned improvements along South Broadway corridor and at the I-25 Interchange aim to create a corridor that provides safe and efficient mobility for all transportation modes (pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile); promote transit-oriented development; and to accommodate the existing, future and planned developments along the South Broadway corridor.

  • Design — Improvements to the Broadway/I-25 intersection, focusing on the southbound on-ramps and reconstruction of Broadway from Ohio Avenue to Exposition Avenue.
  • Completed — Reconstruction on South Broadway from Kentucky to Arizona and a section of Mississippi Avenue between the Consolidated Main Line (CML) Railway and Sherman Street

Read more about the South Broadway Reconstruction projects

Washington Street was identified in the Globeville Neighborhood Plan as “an attractive corridor that creates a positive sense of place, attracts private reinvestment, and better accommodates all transportation modes.” The Washington Street Study will refine and progress this vision of Washington Street into an implementable conceptual design.

Read more about the current phase of this transportation study

The Walnut Street Corridor Improvement project, headed by Denver Public Works and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) will begin to organize the street to better accommodate pedestrians and parking between Broadway and 36th Street.

Phase I improvements were completed in Summer 2017. The city is now beginning a study of the entire roadway to determine long-term needs along this changing corridor.

In Phase II, the city will launch a full study of traffic conditions to determine the complete needs for Walnut Street along this stretch, including a possible two-way conversion. We will consider residential and commercial demand on the roadway as well as future development.

Read more about the goals for the Walnut Street Corridor

Capital Project Management

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Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 720-913-4501
Fax: 720-913-4544

Wastewater Projects: 303-446-3400

Policy, Planning & Sustainability

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Denver, CO 80202

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Project News

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