Core City and Irondale Infrastructure Improvements

About the Projects

The city is investing nearly $10 million from the 2019 budget to improve roads, sidewalks and drainage facilities in the core city and the Irondale neighborhood. Some of those funds will also go toward land acquisition, right-of-way purchases, pavement design, and a local drainage implementation study. The city is repairing and repaving numerous street segments in these areas, building (or acquiring right-of-way for) more than two miles of new sidewalks to fill existing gaps, and adding/repairing curbs and other concrete elements along some roadways. Engineering design work for a few prominent future roadway projects is also included, along with drainage improvements to help reduce the potential for flooding on properties and streets.  

Fast Facts

Total Project Budget: $10 million
Status: Pre-construction
Construction begins: July 2019
Expected completion: Late 2019 (some studies/design work will continue into 2020)

Project Details

View the presentation to city council from the April 22, 2019 study for more specifics on the scheduled projects, including maps of roads being repaved and new sidewalk segments being constructed.

Core City Improvements

The following core city infrastructure projects are scheduled for 2019:

  • Street resurfacing on roads within the following areas:
    • Dahlia Street to Magnolia Street, E. 56th to E. 60th Avenue
    • Kearney Street to Quebec Street, Interstate 270 to E. 56th Avenue
    • Colorado Boulevard, E. 72nd to E. 74th Avenue
    • Glencoe Street to Holly Street, E. 64th to E. 66th Avenue
    • Vasquez Boulevard to Kearney Street, E. 60th to E. 64th Avenue
  • RTD station area improvements, including:
    • Resurface Colorado Boulevard, E. 70th to E. 72nd Avenue
    • Add curb, gutter and sidewalks
    • Extend E. 72nd Avenue west of Colorado Boulevard to access new station
  • US Highway 85/Vasquez Boulevard environmental assessment
    • Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to evaluate potential improvements between E. 52nd Avenue and E. 64th Avenue
    • Assessment and initial design for intersection improvements
  • Construction of missing sidewalks south of E. 76th Avenue
    • 19 sidewalk segments totaling about two miles
    • 21 curb ramps
  • Miscellaneous concrete flatwork repairs
  • Kearney Street drainage improvements
    •  specific project information TBD
  • Kearney Street flashing pedestrian beacons near Kearney Middle School

Irondale Improvements

The Irondale projects funded in 2019 are part of the Irondale Neighborhood & Infrastructure Plan, which city council adopted in the summer of 2018. The plan used feedback from residents, businesses, industry and other stakeholders to identify and prioritize needed improvements to areas like roads, land use, drainage and utilities to help upgrade infrastructure in the neighborhood for the future.

Irondale improvements scheduled for 2019 include:

  • Street resurfacing on the following segments:
    • E. 81st Avenue, Rosemary Street to Syracuse Street
    • E. 83rd Avenue, Quebec Street to Rosemary Street
    • E. 84th Avenue, Pontiac Street to Syracuse Street
    • E. 86th Avenue, just east of Quebec Street
    • E. 87th Avenue, Tamarac Street to Ulster Street
    • Pontiac Street
      • just south of E. 81st Avenue
      • E. 82nd Place to E. 84th Avenue
    • Ulster Street
      • E. 84th to E. 85th Avenue
      • intersection with E. 86th Avenue
      • E. 87th to E. 88th Avenue
    • Tamarac St., E. 87th to E. 88th Avenue
    • Valentia Street, E. 85th to E. 86th Avenue
  • E. 88th Avenue widening design and environmental assessment 
  • Design for Rosemary Street widening project
  • Land acquisition and right of way purchase for missing sidewalks and future drainage (i.e. detention/retention) facilities
  • Local drainage implementation study

Construction Schedules and Project Budgets

Core City Improvements

  • RTD station area improvements ($2.2 million)
    Start: July 8, 2019   Expected completion: Fall 2019
  • Street resurfacing ($2.6 million)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: Fall 2019
  • Sidewalk construction ($499,000) and other concrete work ($261,000)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: Fall 2019
  • US Highway 85/Vasquez Boulevard environmental assessment ($1.5 million) 
    Expected start: Spring 2019   Expected completion: Summer 2020
  • Kearney Street drainage improvements ($121,000)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: Summer 2020
  • Kearney Middle School pedestrian beacons ($55,000)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: Summer 2019

Irondale Improvements

  • Street resurfacing ($267,000)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: Fall 2019
  • E. 88th Avenue widening design and environmental assessment ($566,000)
    Visit the 88th Avenue widening project page to learn more
  • Rosemary Street design ($1.5 million)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: Spring 2020
  • Land acquisition and right of way purchase ($300,000)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: End of 2019
  • Local drainage implementation study ($50,000)
    Expected start: Summer 2019   Expected completion: End of 2019

Contact Us

For information about street resurfacing, RTD station area improvements, Vasquez Boulevard, Kearney Street drainage, and pedestrian beacons:
Mark Winnen
Project Manager
Email
303-227-7195

For information about core city sidewalks, E. 88th Avenue, Irondale drainage improvements, Rosemary St. widening, and land acquisition/right-of-way purchase:
Diana Trettin
Project Manager
Email
303-289-8157