How is the Federal Government Involved?
More than 67% of the total project funding comes from the federal government. This means that there has and will continue to be strict federal and state processes, guidelines and timelines that must be followed.
The City and CDOT began working on improving Wadsworth in January 2013 with the Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study. The PEL study, which is usually the first step in a major transportation-related project, took approximately two years to complete and focused on transportation, environmental, economic and community issues. The study's recommendation identified improvements needed to add traffic capacity to Wadsworth, provide additional turning capacity at the key congested intersections at 38th and 44th Avenues, install medians to better manage access and make the corridor more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.
Many of the PEL study's recommendations were carried forward into final design. However, an initial recommendation included double left-turn intersections at 38th and 44th Avenues; a recommendation that was not carried forward as it was later proven to be inadequate to meet future traffic volumes which is a condition of the federal funding. Instead, these double left-turn lanes were replaced with single lane Continuous Flow Intersections (CFIs) which will best meet the future traffic volume projections and are therefore compliant with federal regulations. Additionally, CFIs have proven to be safer alternatives to traditional intersections and in this case, will require less property.
The next phase of the project was to complete the Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine and mitigate the impacts of the project on adjacent properties. The EA process lasted more than 4 years and concluded in September, 2019 with federal approval of the project.