Improve Wadsworth

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Check out the Weekly Updates section below for the latest construction and travel impact information.

Project Progress Highlights

December 2022 - Storm sewer installation is underway at the north end of the corridor. Crews are installing manholes, inlets, and pipeline along northbound Wadsworth north of 46th Avenue. Periodic side street closures and temporary access modifications are necessary while the new storm sewer system is placed underground.

The contractor reconstructed the northbound Wadsworth to eastbound I-70/I-76 on-ramp in early December. In the coming weeks, concrete paving will continue from north to south along Wadsworth.

Reconstructing the intersection of Wadsworth and 44th Avenue is a major part of the Wadsworth Improvement Project. Underground utility work near the intersection requires frequent traffic shifts and lane closures. Once utility relocations are out of the way, the contractor will start constructing surface improvements for the continuous flow intersection (CFI).

The contractor installed the new sanitary sewer system underneath Wadsworth from 3 Acre Lane to 48th Avenue. Water line and storm sewer work will continue through fall. After months of working on utility improvements underground, several things are taking shape above ground too. The contractor placed curb and gutter and asphalt paving in the 48th Avenue cul-de-sac east of Wadsworth.

The project is in the process of replacing old infrastructure – some dating back to the 1950s! The corridor is undergoing a major overhaul and your continued patience traveling through the work zone is appreciated.

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 current project is primarily between 41st Avenue north to I-70. Several improvements between 41st Avenue and 35th Avenue are included. 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. The current project is expected to be complete in summer 2024.

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

Current project overview map (below):


Project Background Video


Check out the Weekly Updates section below for the latest construction and travel impact information.

Project Progress Highlights

December 2022 - Storm sewer installation is underway at the north end of the corridor. Crews are installing manholes, inlets, and pipeline along northbound Wadsworth north of 46th Avenue. Periodic side street closures and temporary access modifications are necessary while the new storm sewer system is placed underground.

The contractor reconstructed the northbound Wadsworth to eastbound I-70/I-76 on-ramp in early December. In the coming weeks, concrete paving will continue from north to south along Wadsworth.

Reconstructing the intersection of Wadsworth and 44th Avenue is a major part of the Wadsworth Improvement Project. Underground utility work near the intersection requires frequent traffic shifts and lane closures. Once utility relocations are out of the way, the contractor will start constructing surface improvements for the continuous flow intersection (CFI).

The contractor installed the new sanitary sewer system underneath Wadsworth from 3 Acre Lane to 48th Avenue. Water line and storm sewer work will continue through fall. After months of working on utility improvements underground, several things are taking shape above ground too. The contractor placed curb and gutter and asphalt paving in the 48th Avenue cul-de-sac east of Wadsworth.

The project is in the process of replacing old infrastructure – some dating back to the 1950s! The corridor is undergoing a major overhaul and your continued patience traveling through the work zone is appreciated.

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 current project is primarily between 41st Avenue north to I-70. Several improvements between 41st Avenue and 35th Avenue are included. 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. The current project is expected to be complete in summer 2024.

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

Current project overview map (below):


Project Background Video


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    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 12 months 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.


     

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

    Jimjam68 asked 12 months 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

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    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 about 1 year 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.

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    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 over 1 year 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.

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    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 over 1 year 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.

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

    andesmints asked over 1 year 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.

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    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 almost 2 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)

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

    Alex asked about 2 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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    When waiting in the CFI lane to turn left, will there be a left turn arrow to give right of way to turn in front of right turning vehicles in oncoming traffic?

    Ulani asked almost 3 years ago

    Good question and will try to clarify for you. While cars traveling south and north are stopped at the 38th intersection, cars wanting to turn left or west have been held at the traffic light at 35th Place. Once traffic stopped, they begin to move across the south and northbound lanes and into the turn lanes. Now once east and westbound traffic is stopped, cars turning onto 38th can move safely through those intersections. Vehicles turning right will have their own dedicated lane. Using the CFI there are fewer points of conflict than traditional intersections where there are T-bone crashes often resulting in serious injury or fatalities. You can also see how this works in the video we included with the question about whether CFIs are easy to use.







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    This is not really my question but I have heard concerns from community members regarding snow removal inside the CFI lane. Is this a valid concern? Have problems been identified?

    Sunny Garcia asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you so much for this question! Snow removal in CFI lanes does not pose any greater concern than traditional intersections. As with all state highways, the City and CDOT will work collaboratively to ensure the improved Wadsworth Boulevard, including CFI lanes, is plowed during a snowstorm. While a final determination has not yet been made, it is quite likely that City staff will take responsibility for plowing the CFI lanes on Wadsworth Boulevard. Thanks again.

Page last updated: 06 Dec 2022, 02:21 PM