There will be major changes to the arrangement of the roadway, as part of the Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment. With a budget of about $26 million, the city plans to add sidewalks to this 2.6 mile stretch of road, which today has no sidewalks at all (1). In addition, there will be a raised bike path between the street and the sidewalk. Beautification and other aesthetic and landscaping enhancements are being paid for by the RiNo General Improvement District, with a budget of ~$3 million (2). The Brighton project and the RiNo project are closely linked, not only because of their proximity to one another, but also because of the relation and proximity of each to the new 38th and Blake railway station. This station will serve the new University of Colorado A Line, providing train service between DIA and Union Station. Newly designed bus stations will be added, along with 3 new traffic lights on Brighton Boulevard itself, as well as on-street parking (3). All of this is being done in a way that aims to ensure that Brighton Boulevard remains a practical way for commercial and industrial traffic (meaning large-vehicle traffic) to enter the downtown Denver area (4). That said, the mix of heavy industrial and foot-traffic will almost certainly come with unforeseen complications, and the Brighton corridor is a critical avenue for large-vehicle traffic serving the area north of downtown Denver, which means balancing these competing demands will be no simple task (5).

1.  City of Denver. "Final Design Public Meeting #3." 3 Dec 2015. Presentation. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-department-of-public-works/projects/current/brighton-boulevard-corridor.html [downloaded on 24 Jan 2016]

2.  City of Denver. "Final Design Public Meeting #3." 3 Dec 2015. Presentation. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-department-of-public-works/projects/current/brighton-boulevard-corridor.html [downloaded on 24 Jan 2016]

3.  City of Denver. "Final Design Public Meeting #3." 3 Dec 2015. Presentation. https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/denver-department-of-public-works/projects/current/brighton-boulevard-corridor.html [downloaded on 24 Jan 2016]

4.  Locantore, Jill (guest commentary by Joel Noble). “To the City: Be Bold on Brighton Boulevard.”  Walk Denver 01 Jul 2015. http://www.walkdenver.org/to-the-city-be-bold-on-brighton-boulevard/ [accessed on 29 Jan 2016]

5.  Locantore, Jill. “Could Brighton Boulevard Become a Pedestrian Paradise?” Denver Urbanism 26 Jan 2015. Web. http://denverurbanism.com/2015/01/could-brighton-boulevard-become-a-pedestrian-paradise.html [accessed on 29 Jan 2016]