TRANSPORTATION | UNDERGROUND UTILITIES | STRUCTURAL & BRIDGES

Owner/Client: Arapahoe County
Engineer: Felsburg Holt & Ullevig (FHU)
Contract Amount: $2,497,143

This project consisted of a 180 foot long bridge structure spanning Cherry Creek to connect Yale Avenue on the south bank to Wabash Street on the north bank. Roadway realignments and widening along with reconstructing two intersections are the principal features of the project improvements. The project had significant drainage improvements to Cherry Creek which included dewatering of the work area. CEI also constructed a new sidewalk for a multi-use trail. The new bridge and road reconstruction provided significant safety improvement with the design to widen and straighten the existing roadway on both approaches of the structure. Extensive traffic staging and coordination of the construction was planned to minimize impacts to the adjacent community. There were numerous utility relocations and close coordination with publicly and privately owned utility companies.

The goal of this project was to provide a key emergency response route that reduced response time from 5.24 minutes to 2.18 minutes for Cunningham Fire protection District. While accomplishing this task, the project also reduced out of direction travel due to lack of connectivity for many residents and businsses in the area. Additionally, the project provided a contiguous minor collector roadway from the Denver Jewish Day School west along East Yale Avevue to a major collector roadway north along South Wabash Street to East Iliff Avenue, thereby improving accessibility and safety.

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