Wadsworth Widening Public Open House Held August 10, 2016
On August 10th, the Wadsworth Widening Project Team hosted a Public Open House to share design updates anticipated for the Wadsworth Boulevard corridor including the addition of Continuous Flow Intersections (CFIs) at the intersections of 38th and 44th Avenues. Fifty-one attendees joined the City and consultant team at the Wheat Ridge Municipal Building for the meeting where general project information was shared along with specifics about the CFI designs that will now be reviewed in the Environmental Assessment (EA). To learn more about what was presented at the meeting, please read the materials below and watch our CFI Simulation video.
During the early stages of the EA for the Wadsworth Widening project, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) voiced concern over the number of signalized intersections described in the original 2015 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study, which was intended to be the design basis for the EA.
This concern led the City to consider alternative design options for the corridor to better align the goals of the City with the needs of CDOT. Of the designs considered, a simple version of a Continuous Flow Intersection for both 38th and 44th Avenues seemed to meet CDOT and the City’s objectives best by helping to reduce congestion while improving the corridor’s ability to serve drivers, bikes, pedestrians, and transit. CFIs are innovative intersection designs that are increasingly being used around the country. In Colorado they can be found in Durango, Loveland, and will soon be built in both Douglas and Arapahoe Counties. To see how a CFI would work at 38th and Wadsworth, please watch the video below.
Layout of the CFI designs being considered for intersections of Wadsworth and 38th & 44th Avenues. CFIs can help improve traffic flow and reduce congestion by 30-70%.
Wadsworth Environmental Assessment
In April 2016, the City of Wheat Ridge initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) study and Access Management review for the widening of Wadsworth Boulevard. The study will review environmental impacts associated with transportation improvements planned for Wadsworth between 35th Avenue and I-70.
The EA will be Phase 1 of a three-part project to prepare for the widening of Wadsworth Boulevard, with construction projected to begin in 2019. This work builds off of a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) study for Wadsworth that was completed in 2015 with input from the local community. The major components of the proposed project are to reconstruct the street to a 6-lane section; provide better bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities; manage driveway access to the street; and provide enhanced amenity zones along the corridor, particularly in the City Center section between W. 38th and W. 44th Avenues.