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Travel Alert: Southbound Wadsworth Boulevard lanes are split around a work zone

The two southbound Wadsworth Boulevard travel lanes are currently split around a work zone from 48th Avenue, which is just south of Interstate 70, to 41st Avenue.

Southbound drivers wanting to turn left onto eastbound 44th Avenue, must pick the left through lane when approaching the traffic split at 48th Avenue. Drivers in the right through lane will have easy access to southbound Wadsworth business driveways and the ability to turn right onto westbound 44th Avenue.

This temporary lane configuration is necessary while the contractor paves the last 11-foot travel lane for 0.7-mile at the north end of the Wadsworth work zone. All turn movements will be possible at the Wadsworth /44th Avenue intersection during this work. However, please follow signs and markings as the southbound travel lanes will be in split lane configuration through the 44th Avenue intersection.

Map showing southbound Wadsworth lane split location from 48th Avenue to 41st Avenue. SOuthbound Wadsworth traffic must pick lane near 48th Avenue.

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Project Overview

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.

The project will construct a new safe and efficient intersection at 44th Avenue called a continuous flow intersection (CFI). The CFI makes the best use of land for maximum traffic flow, while prioritizing safety. A second CFI will be installed at 38th Avenue. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2026.

Image of project overview map showing three lanes in both directions on Wadsworth, new traffic signals and sidewalks.,

A larger version of the above project overview map is provided on this page.

**View the Weekly Updates section below for the latest construction and travel impact information. **

Travel Alert: Southbound Wadsworth Boulevard lanes are split around a work zone

The two southbound Wadsworth Boulevard travel lanes are currently split around a work zone from 48th Avenue, which is just south of Interstate 70, to 41st Avenue.

Southbound drivers wanting to turn left onto eastbound 44th Avenue, must pick the left through lane when approaching the traffic split at 48th Avenue. Drivers in the right through lane will have easy access to southbound Wadsworth business driveways and the ability to turn right onto westbound 44th Avenue.

This temporary lane configuration is necessary while the contractor paves the last 11-foot travel lane for 0.7-mile at the north end of the Wadsworth work zone. All turn movements will be possible at the Wadsworth /44th Avenue intersection during this work. However, please follow signs and markings as the southbound travel lanes will be in split lane configuration through the 44th Avenue intersection.

Map showing southbound Wadsworth lane split location from 48th Avenue to 41st Avenue. SOuthbound Wadsworth traffic must pick lane near 48th Avenue.

Shop Wadsworth

LocalWorks has launched a second Shop Wadsworth campaign. All are welcome to participate! Each valid receipt submitted earns an entry into the raffle to win one of ten $1,000 cash prizes. Visit: wearelocalworks.org/shopwads for more information.

Project Overview

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.

The project will construct a new safe and efficient intersection at 44th Avenue called a continuous flow intersection (CFI). The CFI makes the best use of land for maximum traffic flow, while prioritizing safety. A second CFI will be installed at 38th Avenue. The project is expected to be complete in spring 2026.

Image of project overview map showing three lanes in both directions on Wadsworth, new traffic signals and sidewalks.,

A larger version of the above project overview map is provided on this page.

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  • Share Hi. Several questions. The traffic directional signage coming out of the Ross/Big Lots/USPS shopping center at the Wads traffic signal has confusing signage. One sign indicates right turn on to wads only. The sign at the signal indicates left and straight are okay, as it has been the past, and how people continue to use it. That lane leading to the signal out of the parking lot has been narrowed so it seems that in the future only a right turn will be possible. Can you clarify both what is meant to be allowed now and what it will be in the future? Also… Will the new light at 41st allow both right and left turns on to Wads from both sides of Wads? Will left turn into the Safeway center from southbound Wadsworth be allowed? Or is 41st meant to be the primary entry from / exit to Wads for both shopping centers? How will cut through/non- local traffic into the Belair neighborhood via 41st be discouraged? Thanks on Facebook Share Hi. Several questions. The traffic directional signage coming out of the Ross/Big Lots/USPS shopping center at the Wads traffic signal has confusing signage. One sign indicates right turn on to wads only. The sign at the signal indicates left and straight are okay, as it has been the past, and how people continue to use it. That lane leading to the signal out of the parking lot has been narrowed so it seems that in the future only a right turn will be possible. Can you clarify both what is meant to be allowed now and what it will be in the future? Also… Will the new light at 41st allow both right and left turns on to Wads from both sides of Wads? Will left turn into the Safeway center from southbound Wadsworth be allowed? Or is 41st meant to be the primary entry from / exit to Wads for both shopping centers? How will cut through/non- local traffic into the Belair neighborhood via 41st be discouraged? Thanks on Twitter Share Hi. Several questions. The traffic directional signage coming out of the Ross/Big Lots/USPS shopping center at the Wads traffic signal has confusing signage. One sign indicates right turn on to wads only. The sign at the signal indicates left and straight are okay, as it has been the past, and how people continue to use it. That lane leading to the signal out of the parking lot has been narrowed so it seems that in the future only a right turn will be possible. Can you clarify both what is meant to be allowed now and what it will be in the future? Also… Will the new light at 41st allow both right and left turns on to Wads from both sides of Wads? Will left turn into the Safeway center from southbound Wadsworth be allowed? Or is 41st meant to be the primary entry from / exit to Wads for both shopping centers? How will cut through/non- local traffic into the Belair neighborhood via 41st be discouraged? Thanks on Linkedin Email Hi. Several questions. The traffic directional signage coming out of the Ross/Big Lots/USPS shopping center at the Wads traffic signal has confusing signage. One sign indicates right turn on to wads only. The sign at the signal indicates left and straight are okay, as it has been the past, and how people continue to use it. That lane leading to the signal out of the parking lot has been narrowed so it seems that in the future only a right turn will be possible. Can you clarify both what is meant to be allowed now and what it will be in the future? Also… Will the new light at 41st allow both right and left turns on to Wads from both sides of Wads? Will left turn into the Safeway center from southbound Wadsworth be allowed? Or is 41st meant to be the primary entry from / exit to Wads for both shopping centers? How will cut through/non- local traffic into the Belair neighborhood via 41st be discouraged? Thanks link

    Hi. Several questions. The traffic directional signage coming out of the Ross/Big Lots/USPS shopping center at the Wads traffic signal has confusing signage. One sign indicates right turn on to wads only. The sign at the signal indicates left and straight are okay, as it has been the past, and how people continue to use it. That lane leading to the signal out of the parking lot has been narrowed so it seems that in the future only a right turn will be possible. Can you clarify both what is meant to be allowed now and what it will be in the future? Also… Will the new light at 41st allow both right and left turns on to Wads from both sides of Wads? Will left turn into the Safeway center from southbound Wadsworth be allowed? Or is 41st meant to be the primary entry from / exit to Wads for both shopping centers? How will cut through/non- local traffic into the Belair neighborhood via 41st be discouraged? Thanks

    Kim Calomino asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your questions. The right turn only sign exiting the Ross/Big Lots parking lot is applicable to the final project configuration. The temporary cover over the right turn only sign was missing. A new cover has been installed. 

    As part of the project, the traffic signal will be removed from the Ross/Big Lots parking lot access/3 Acre Lane intersection and be converted to a right-in, right-out only configuration for both Ross/Big Lots and 3 Acres Lane.

    A new traffic signal will be installed at 41st Avenue with direct access to the Ross/Big Lots parking lot. This signal will provide full access with all turning movements from all approaches. Marked crosswalks are provided on all legs of the intersection.

    A new crossover traffic signal will also be installed at 39th Avenue. This signal will allow direct southbound left turn access into the main driveway to the Safeway complex. This traffic signal stops northbound Wadsworth traffic to allow southbound traffic to either enter Safeway or the continuous flow lane to make a left turn at 38th Avenue. The 39th Avenue traffic signal does not allow left turns from northbound Wadsworth and eastbound/westbound 39th Avenue. At 39th Avenue, only right-in and right-out movements will be allowed.

    The project increases capacity and mobility on Wadsworth and major intersections like 38th and 44th avenues. This decreases the likelihood of non-local traffic cutting through the neighborhoods in an attempt to save time.

  • Share What will go through those huge concrete pipes they put in on the east side? on Facebook Share What will go through those huge concrete pipes they put in on the east side? on Twitter Share What will go through those huge concrete pipes they put in on the east side? on Linkedin Email What will go through those huge concrete pipes they put in on the east side? link

    What will go through those huge concrete pipes they put in on the east side?

    GIHahn asked over 1 year ago

    This project upgrades just about all the underground utilities along the corridor. The large concrete pipes, which are about six feet in diameter, are for the new storm sewer system. Concrete manholes and inlets are also part of the conveyance system for stormwater. Thank you for the thoughtful question!

  • Share Will there be any changes to 47th Ave on the west side of Wadsworth? Speed bumps, etc? I can imagine that the work on Wadsworth will only increase traffic on this road as an alternative to going west at 44th Ave. Thanks! on Facebook Share Will there be any changes to 47th Ave on the west side of Wadsworth? Speed bumps, etc? I can imagine that the work on Wadsworth will only increase traffic on this road as an alternative to going west at 44th Ave. Thanks! on Twitter Share Will there be any changes to 47th Ave on the west side of Wadsworth? Speed bumps, etc? I can imagine that the work on Wadsworth will only increase traffic on this road as an alternative to going west at 44th Ave. Thanks! on Linkedin Email Will there be any changes to 47th Ave on the west side of Wadsworth? Speed bumps, etc? I can imagine that the work on Wadsworth will only increase traffic on this road as an alternative to going west at 44th Ave. Thanks! link

    Will there be any changes to 47th Ave on the west side of Wadsworth? Speed bumps, etc? I can imagine that the work on Wadsworth will only increase traffic on this road as an alternative to going west at 44th Ave. Thanks!

    Sarah R asked over 2 years ago

    During construction, the contractor for the Wadsworth Improvement project is required to keep two lanes open in each direction except for periodic northbound single lane closures during off-peak travel times, and occasional night work. However, even with the same number of lanes open on Wadsworth, we recognize that neighborhoods may be impacted by drivers avoiding the project area.

    Wheat Ridge Police and Public Works Departments are working with the construction team to address those impacts through proactive community outreach and notification, good signage, strategic placement of speed feedback boards, and increased traffic patrols. Traffic speed and volumes will be monitored on streets with potential traffic concerns. In the case of 47th Avenue, traffic data was collected before construction began so that we can compare that data with any changes that occur during construction. 

    Anyone with neighborhood traffic concerns can call the construction project team at 303-390-0878 or email WadsworthProject@ci.wheatridge.co.us and we will review on a case-by-case basis. If initial actions are not effective, additional temporary traffic calming measures may be considered.


     

  • Share Can the public see live feeds of construction thru online cameras? on Facebook Share Can the public see live feeds of construction thru online cameras? on Twitter Share Can the public see live feeds of construction thru online cameras? on Linkedin Email Can the public see live feeds of construction thru online cameras? link

    Can the public see live feeds of construction thru online cameras?

    Jimjam68 asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your question. CDOT has not placed traffic cameras on Wadsworth; however, to receive regular updates on the project subscribe to traffic alerts on the City website.

    Schedule and traffic impact information will also be updated weekly on the City's web home page at ci.wheatridge.co.us and any community concerns may be directed to the project hotline at 303-390-0878 or email wadsworthproject@ci.wheatridge.co.us

  • Share What will happen to parking for the businesses such as Salsa's, the Barbershop and the accounting firm at the SW corner of 44th & Wadsworth? It appears they will be losing all of their parking and the new public sidewalk will be up against the buildings. Will they be provided any financial assistance to create alternative entrances? on Facebook Share What will happen to parking for the businesses such as Salsa's, the Barbershop and the accounting firm at the SW corner of 44th & Wadsworth? It appears they will be losing all of their parking and the new public sidewalk will be up against the buildings. Will they be provided any financial assistance to create alternative entrances? on Twitter Share What will happen to parking for the businesses such as Salsa's, the Barbershop and the accounting firm at the SW corner of 44th & Wadsworth? It appears they will be losing all of their parking and the new public sidewalk will be up against the buildings. Will they be provided any financial assistance to create alternative entrances? on Linkedin Email What will happen to parking for the businesses such as Salsa's, the Barbershop and the accounting firm at the SW corner of 44th & Wadsworth? It appears they will be losing all of their parking and the new public sidewalk will be up against the buildings. Will they be provided any financial assistance to create alternative entrances? link

    What will happen to parking for the businesses such as Salsa's, the Barbershop and the accounting firm at the SW corner of 44th & Wadsworth? It appears they will be losing all of their parking and the new public sidewalk will be up against the buildings. Will they be provided any financial assistance to create alternative entrances?

    Jim asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Some businesses at the southeast corner of 44th and Wadsworth will lose parking in front of their buildings due to the improvements to adjacent streets. There is sufficient parking behind these buildings to accommodate customer and employee parking. All property owners were compensated for any property that was acquired for the project. Additionally, they were compensated for any improvements such as parking within the purchased property. City staff has met with a number of impacted property owners to help determine ideas for improving parking areas and walkways using some of the funds they were paid for their property to ensure the access points are attractive and safe for customers. Part of the improvement project is to add connecting sidewalks and landscaped areas so that the road does not directly abut adjacent businesses. This will improve connectivity and safety along the corridor.

    Again, thank you for your thoughtful question.

  • Share Given that there will not be an access point from 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth to the sidewalk/bike trail, how as the city considered access to the trail by those who live nearest the path, east of Wadsworth and north of 44th? Are there plans to build a bike trail or side path on 44th to access the facilities on Wadsworth? Due to the layout of 45th and 46th in that neighborhood, which do not go through, it seems access to the trail could be more difficult than it is currently. on Facebook Share Given that there will not be an access point from 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth to the sidewalk/bike trail, how as the city considered access to the trail by those who live nearest the path, east of Wadsworth and north of 44th? Are there plans to build a bike trail or side path on 44th to access the facilities on Wadsworth? Due to the layout of 45th and 46th in that neighborhood, which do not go through, it seems access to the trail could be more difficult than it is currently. on Twitter Share Given that there will not be an access point from 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth to the sidewalk/bike trail, how as the city considered access to the trail by those who live nearest the path, east of Wadsworth and north of 44th? Are there plans to build a bike trail or side path on 44th to access the facilities on Wadsworth? Due to the layout of 45th and 46th in that neighborhood, which do not go through, it seems access to the trail could be more difficult than it is currently. on Linkedin Email Given that there will not be an access point from 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth to the sidewalk/bike trail, how as the city considered access to the trail by those who live nearest the path, east of Wadsworth and north of 44th? Are there plans to build a bike trail or side path on 44th to access the facilities on Wadsworth? Due to the layout of 45th and 46th in that neighborhood, which do not go through, it seems access to the trail could be more difficult than it is currently. link

    Given that there will not be an access point from 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth to the sidewalk/bike trail, how as the city considered access to the trail by those who live nearest the path, east of Wadsworth and north of 44th? Are there plans to build a bike trail or side path on 44th to access the facilities on Wadsworth? Due to the layout of 45th and 46th in that neighborhood, which do not go through, it seems access to the trail could be more difficult than it is currently.

    jordanland asked almost 3 years ago

    The closest access to the Clear Creek Trail for bikes/pedestrians from the Leppla Manor neighborhood is the Otis Street Trailhead. Until a direct bike/ped connection is made at the 48th cul-de-sac with the Wadsworth Improvement construction, this neighborhood will be able to access the new multi-use path along the east side of Wadsworth thru the local street network in the neighborhood on either 45th Avenue, 45th Place, or 46th Avenue, which are all low volume, low speed local streets.

  • Share With 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth being terminated as a cul de sac, will there be access to the sidepath/bike trail on the east-side of Wadsworth from 48th? This would be beneficial to all in the neighborhood on the east-side of Wads. on Facebook Share With 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth being terminated as a cul de sac, will there be access to the sidepath/bike trail on the east-side of Wadsworth from 48th? This would be beneficial to all in the neighborhood on the east-side of Wads. on Twitter Share With 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth being terminated as a cul de sac, will there be access to the sidepath/bike trail on the east-side of Wadsworth from 48th? This would be beneficial to all in the neighborhood on the east-side of Wads. on Linkedin Email With 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth being terminated as a cul de sac, will there be access to the sidepath/bike trail on the east-side of Wadsworth from 48th? This would be beneficial to all in the neighborhood on the east-side of Wads. link

    With 48th on the east-side of Wadsworth being terminated as a cul de sac, will there be access to the sidepath/bike trail on the east-side of Wadsworth from 48th? This would be beneficial to all in the neighborhood on the east-side of Wads.

    jordanland asked almost 3 years ago

    There is currently an elevation difference between the cul-de-sac and the adjacent sidewalk that would require significant changes in order to connect the two. However, once the Wadsworth Improvement project is complete, the City will explore options for connecting the cul-de-sac to the sidewalk.

  • Share Who is the General Contractor for the project? Was the delivery method Design-Build ? on Facebook Share Who is the General Contractor for the project? Was the delivery method Design-Build ? on Twitter Share Who is the General Contractor for the project? Was the delivery method Design-Build ? on Linkedin Email Who is the General Contractor for the project? Was the delivery method Design-Build ? link

    Who is the General Contractor for the project? Was the delivery method Design-Build ?

    andesmints asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your great questions! The City is still working through the bid evaluation process for this project and the general contractor has not yet been announced. We hope to announce the name of the general contractor in August. The delivery method was not design-build, but design-bid-build. The designs have been completed with thorough Federal Highway Administration and Colorado Department of Transportation review.

  • Share Will crosswalks be improved to prioritize pedestrians? Current signaling requires pedestrians wait for through traffic and turning vehicles. Pedestrians have to wait for a whole cycle before a signal to cross. The crosswalk signaling should be longer to ensure pedestrians of all ability can safely cross. How will pedestrians be prioritized? on Facebook Share Will crosswalks be improved to prioritize pedestrians? Current signaling requires pedestrians wait for through traffic and turning vehicles. Pedestrians have to wait for a whole cycle before a signal to cross. The crosswalk signaling should be longer to ensure pedestrians of all ability can safely cross. How will pedestrians be prioritized? on Twitter Share Will crosswalks be improved to prioritize pedestrians? Current signaling requires pedestrians wait for through traffic and turning vehicles. Pedestrians have to wait for a whole cycle before a signal to cross. The crosswalk signaling should be longer to ensure pedestrians of all ability can safely cross. How will pedestrians be prioritized? on Linkedin Email Will crosswalks be improved to prioritize pedestrians? Current signaling requires pedestrians wait for through traffic and turning vehicles. Pedestrians have to wait for a whole cycle before a signal to cross. The crosswalk signaling should be longer to ensure pedestrians of all ability can safely cross. How will pedestrians be prioritized? link

    Will crosswalks be improved to prioritize pedestrians? Current signaling requires pedestrians wait for through traffic and turning vehicles. Pedestrians have to wait for a whole cycle before a signal to cross. The crosswalk signaling should be longer to ensure pedestrians of all ability can safely cross. How will pedestrians be prioritized?

    apesno asked over 3 years ago

    One of the priorities of the improvements being made to Wadsworth is pedestrian safety. In addition to a continuous sidewalk on the west and a bike/pedestrian path on the east side of Wadsworth, new signaling will be added at the intersections of 38th and 44th. These are being configured as Continuous Flow Intersections which means the signals will have fewer phases and therefore there will be shorter waiting times for pedestrians. In addition, CDOT will need to reestablish the timing due to the creation of new intersections. (Wadsworth is a CDOT roadway so they control the traffic signals)

  • Share Will there be any pedestrian crossing points on Wadsworth between 44th Ave and the Clear Creek Trail? on Facebook Share Will there be any pedestrian crossing points on Wadsworth between 44th Ave and the Clear Creek Trail? on Twitter Share Will there be any pedestrian crossing points on Wadsworth between 44th Ave and the Clear Creek Trail? on Linkedin Email Will there be any pedestrian crossing points on Wadsworth between 44th Ave and the Clear Creek Trail? link

    Will there be any pedestrian crossing points on Wadsworth between 44th Ave and the Clear Creek Trail?

    Alex asked over 3 years ago
    Hi Alex! Thank you for your question. No - a pedestrian crossing north of 44th Avenue is not included in the scope of work for this project. This is because the existing development north of 44th Avenue does not reach the density to justify a pedestrian crossing. I hope this answers your question. Please let us know if we can provide any further clarification.

    Allison Scheck

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