Core City and Irondale infrastructure improvements starting soon
The city has invested nearly $10 million from the 2019 budget to fund construction projects and studies that will improve aging infrastructure in parts of the core city and the Irondale neighborhood. These projects include road repairs, construction of missing sidewalks, drainage improvements, and studies/engineering designs to prepare for other major improvements in the coming years. Construction on some of the projects begins in July, and most will be completed later this year.
The city’s annual pavement maintenance program funds most of the road projects. In the core city, paving projects are taking place on numerous streets south of E. 74th Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Quebec Parkway. Streets being repaired in the Irondale neighborhood are within an area bordered by Pontiac Street on the west and Valentia Street on the east, between E. 81st and E. 88th avenues. The city used a rating of existing pavement conditions to decide which specific road segments to repave this year.
About two miles of new sidewalks are being built this summer to fill existing gaps and make the core city more pedestrian-friendly. Other concrete work includes adding curb ramps, repairing damaged curbs, and adding curb/gutter along various streets. Some drainage improvements are being built and others are in the planning process to help reduce the potential for flooding on properties and streets.
The project also includes engineering design work for some prominent future roadway projects, such as the widening of E. 88th Avenue (environmental assessment in progress; visit c3gov.com/88th to learn more), the widening of Rosemary Street, and potential improvements to Vasquez Boulevard (including key interchanges at E. 60th, E. 62nd to E. 64th avenues). Those projects are in the initial planning phases, with construction likely a few years away.
One construction project starting in July aims to improve vehicle and pedestrian access around the city’s new commuter rail station at E. 72nd Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The station will be part of RTD’s North Metro Rail Line, or N Line, which is scheduled to open next year. To accommodate the increased vehicle and foot traffic in the area, the city is repaving Colorado Boulevard between E. 70th and E. 72nd avenues and adding new sidewalks and curb/gutter. E. 72nd Avenue is also being extended west of Colorado Boulevard to access the new station.
To learn more about the planned core city and Irondale infrastructure improvements, visit the city’s capital improvement program website at c3gov.com/QCL.