Improve Wadsworth

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Project Background

In 2016, Wheat Ridge voters supported a temporary sales and use tax increase to complete four projects. One of those projects is to improve Wadsworth Boulevard to relieve traffic congestion, improve business access, and provide better options for pedestrians and cyclists. Last improved in 1950, this project includes modernizing and improving Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to I-70 with efficient and safe intersection designs, safer entrances and exits for vehicles accessing businesses, a continuous sidewalk on the west, and a bike/pedestrian path on the east side of Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to the Clear Creek Trail.

Rendering of the 44th Avenue continuous flow intersection (CFI)

Current project overview map (below):

Project Update - October 13, 2021

A Public Meeting is scheduled for City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. City staff and project partners including the contractor, will be on hand to answer questions in an open house format.

Concrete Works of Colorado was awarded the project and anticipates starting construction in late October. The first phase of work involves demolition and grading activity adjacent to southbound Wadsworth in order to pave temporary roadway. Once the temporary roadway is paved, all traffic will shift to the west side of the road in order to construct the new northbound lanes and improvements along the east side of Wadsworth.

Business access and two lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout construction. Overnight and infrequent off-peak lane closures are expected. There is also a plan to address any potential traffic concerns within neighborhoods. Schedule and traffic impact information will be updated weekly and posted on the project web page https://bit.ly/WRWadsworthProject. Any community concerns may be directed to the project hotline at 303-390-0878.

Project completion is anticipated in late 2023. Responses to frequently asked questions are available on this page.

To receive traffic alerts about changes to traffic patterns and lane closures, subscribe to Traffic Alerts on Notify Me.


Project Background

In 2016, Wheat Ridge voters supported a temporary sales and use tax increase to complete four projects. One of those projects is to improve Wadsworth Boulevard to relieve traffic congestion, improve business access, and provide better options for pedestrians and cyclists. Last improved in 1950, this project includes modernizing and improving Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to I-70 with efficient and safe intersection designs, safer entrances and exits for vehicles accessing businesses, a continuous sidewalk on the west, and a bike/pedestrian path on the east side of Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to the Clear Creek Trail.

Rendering of the 44th Avenue continuous flow intersection (CFI)

Current project overview map (below):

Project Update - October 13, 2021

A Public Meeting is scheduled for City Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 6-8 p.m. City staff and project partners including the contractor, will be on hand to answer questions in an open house format.

Concrete Works of Colorado was awarded the project and anticipates starting construction in late October. The first phase of work involves demolition and grading activity adjacent to southbound Wadsworth in order to pave temporary roadway. Once the temporary roadway is paved, all traffic will shift to the west side of the road in order to construct the new northbound lanes and improvements along the east side of Wadsworth.

Business access and two lanes in each direction will be maintained throughout construction. Overnight and infrequent off-peak lane closures are expected. There is also a plan to address any potential traffic concerns within neighborhoods. Schedule and traffic impact information will be updated weekly and posted on the project web page https://bit.ly/WRWadsworthProject. Any community concerns may be directed to the project hotline at 303-390-0878.

Project completion is anticipated in late 2023. Responses to frequently asked questions are available on this page.

To receive traffic alerts about changes to traffic patterns and lane closures, subscribe to Traffic Alerts on Notify Me.

  • What is a CFI and How Does it Increase the Safety of Intersections?

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    A Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) replaces a typical busy intersection by allowing traffic turning left to cross oncoming traffic safely, before entering the intersection and continuing on to the destination. The Wadsworth improvement project will have CFIs at 38th and 44th Avenues. When compared to traditional intersections, CFIs move traffic more efficiently and reduce the potential for a serious T-bone crash in the intersection.

    CFIs are becoming more and more popular in road design because they decrease the number of places at which drivers could cause a crash by turning in front of one another. In particular, CFIs are known to decrease T-bone crashes where a driver making a left turn crosses in front of oncoming traffic.

    Watch a video to see how it works.


Page last updated: 19 October 2021, 08:21