Denver Celebrates the Opening of Brighton Blvd - 29th Street to 40th Street
Mayor Hancock’s Vision for a New Modern Gateway to Denver Becomes Reality
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, City Council President Albus Brooks, RiNo business leaders and community members today celebrated the opening of Phase I of the Brighton Boulevard Reconstruction Project and the transformation of Brighton into a modern, multimodal gateway into the Mile High City.
“Together with the RiNo community, we were able to design and realize a corridor that we can all be proud of – a connected boulevard for this great community and everything that exists along Brighton and beyond,” Mayor Hancock said. “With new sidewalks, a cycle track and so much more, these improvements will unlock mobility freedom for neighborhood residents in this part of town and further create something great for our neighborhoods here.”
Eighteen months ago, Brighton Boulevard lacked basic public infrastructure. Now, the stretch from 29th Street to 40th Street boasts a new concrete roadway surface with curb and gutter, drainage improvements, continuous sidewalks, a cycle track that provides a comfortable place for people on bikes to ride, additional parking, decorative lighting, benches, and new and upgraded signalized intersections. Final touches on the stretch will occur over the next few weeks with more landscaping added in the fall.
The redesign of Brighton is also a flagship project for Denver in terms of its water quality goals. 29 street-side stormwater planters have been installed on the stretch from 29th to 40th Streets to filter pollutants from stormwater runoff before it makes its way to the South Platte River. More than 100 street-side stormwater planters will be constructed along Brighton from 29th Street to Race Street. It’s the first time the city has implemented a corridor-wide green infrastructure project – one of many exciting projects outlined in the city’s new green infrastructure implementation strategy.
“Truly inclusive and connected cities are ones that prioritize moving people, not just cars. This area has been long overlooked by the city, and this investment signals a major change for Denver. This represents a bold vision for healthy growth and a renewed commitment to invest in the RiNo Arts District within Five Points," said Denver City Council President Albus Brooks.
The reconstruction of Brighton Boulevard has been a true partnership between the City and County of Denver and the community, requiring effort and collaboration between city agencies, the River North Art District, the River North General Improvement District, the River North Business Improvement District, project contractor Kiewit and the project’s design team (more on design team attached).
“This project is the end result of a long and detailed public process that brings to the adjacent neighborhoods beautification of its main transportation corridor, a range of mobility options with wide sidewalks, bike lanes and transit stops, new safety measures with better lighting and signalization,” said Anne Hayes, President of the RiNo General Improvement District. “But even more, as the new road opens, it opens up new opportunities for commerce and employment to all those nearby. We look forward to seeing these benefits come to fruition in the near very future.”
Crews will continue implementing roadway and mobility improvements further north on Brighton Boulevard from 40th Street to 44th Street and from 47th Avenue to Race Court, with oversight from Denver Public Works, the Office of the National Western Center, or NWCO, and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative, Mayor Hancock’s initiative to strategically align major redevelopment projects in River North, Globeville, and Elyria Swansea.