RTD Reopens 40th Avenue between Blake and York Streets
After 19 months of construction, the Regional Transportation District (RTD) reopened a highly improved 40th Avenue between Blake and York streets on June 30, 2014. This half-mile of roadway was closed while contractor Denver Transit Partners (DTP) built a section of the tracks for the East Rail Line, which will connect Union Station in downtown Denver with Denver International Airport (DIA).But the job was much more than tracks.
During the course of this project, the roadway was relocated to the south in order to create space for the tracks. The roadway was completely repaved in concrete.
Due to poor stormwater drainage within the adjacent Cole neighborhood, crews excavated down as much as 20 feet below the surface to install a 10-square-foot drainage box culvert. This box culvert will carry runoff from the area, which is subject to frequent flooding.
Additionally, for the first time, eight-foot-wide sidewalks were installed along the south side of 40th Avenue. This creates an additional layer of pedestrian safety and connectivity within the neighborhood, compared to the previous gravel shoulder pedestrians used.
Many utilities were relocated during the course of this project, including brand new underground gas, water, electric and communication lines. The dry utilities were housed into a centralized ductbank, which will make future maintenance on these lines easier.
In addition to the roadway and utility construction, the East Rail Line tracks – with rail from the steel mill in Pueblo – were installed and surrounded by permanent fencing. The track area includes the placement of overhead power poles that will carry the wires that will power the commuter rail line.
RTD and DTP thank nearby residents, motorists, businesses and commercial truck drivers for their patience during this construction project.
To see a slideshow of before and after pictures of 40th Avenue, go to tinyurl.com/40thAvenue.
Denver Transit Partners Holds Gold Line/Northwest Rail Pancake Breakfast Open House
DTP would like to thank everyone who attended our third annual Gold Line/Northwest Rail Open House. Your attendance at the June 21st event made it a huge success!
The event, held at the Olde Town Square in Arvada, served 350 members of the public a delicious pancake breakfast while providing updates on the progress of the Gold Line and first segment of the Northwest Rail Commuter lines.
Since the Gold Line groundbreaking in 2011, DTP hosts an annual community open house to update stakeholders on project progress. We provide an opportunity for face to face answers to questions and or concerns. Our team members review on-going and upcoming construction activities, related detour information, share existing photos or renderings of the boarding stations and so much more.This year, we brought in heavy construction equipment for attendees to see in person and to demonstrate its use on the project.
Keeping you informed on project progress is our public information team’s number one priority!
If you were unable to attend the open house and would like to learn more about the Gold Line or the first segment of the Northwest Rail Line, please contact Christina Zazueta, Gold Line Public Information Manager, at 303-576-3352 or Christina.Zazueta@dtpjv.com.
40th Avenue Reconstruction
As part of the construction of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, which will travel from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport, on Nov. 28, 2012, Denver Transit Partners closed 40th Avenue from Blake Street to York Street. This closure will be in place for up to 16 months*.
To date, the following items have been completed on 40th avenue:
- Roadway drainage improvements
- Drainage box installations
- New concrete roadway installed with a traffic lane in either direction
- Construction of concrete plinths in order to place rails on the north side of 40th Avenue
- Installation of new 9’ sidewalks
- Curb and gutters added to the road
- Street lights installed
- Relocation of utilities, including:
- Waste water lines
- Gas lines
- Electrical lines
- Construction of centralized underground storage for fiber optic lines
Items still to be completed on 40th Avenue include:
- Rail to be installed on plinths
- Asphalt tie-ins to adjacent roads, Franklin, High, Williams, etc.
- Fence installation
- Reconstruction of 40th Avenue/York Street/Josephine intersection including the commuter rail crossing
Closing the area for 16 months causes less overall impact – a partial closure of 40th Avenue during construction would extend the time frame of the construction activities to three years. A complete street closure creates improved safety for pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and construction workers. It also allows construction crews to complete all of the necessary work as soon as possible.
On Wednesday, Oct. 3rd and Thursday, October 4th in 2012, Denver Transit Partners held a public meeting regarding the upcoming reconstruction of 40th Avenue. We would like to thank everyone that attended. For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting and would like more information on the reconstruction of 40th Avenue, click here to view the presentation.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the East Rail Line Public Information Manager, Joshua Solis, at 303-297-5284 or Joshua.Solis@dtpjv.com.
*Please note that construction schedules are subject to change.
Pecos Time-lapse Video…Worth A Thousand Words!
Suspending freight train operations for eight hours is a rare occurrence. But that’s exactly what Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway and Denver Transit Partners (DTP) did in preparation for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) FasTracks Eagle project. The installation of drainage systems under the BNSF track will serve the future Gold Line and Northwest Rail Line Segment tracks. Click on the video below to watch this exciting piece of work unfold!
Commuter Rail Cars Take Test Run
The commuter rail cars that will carry passengers along East Rail Line, Gold Line, and Northwest Rail Westminster Segment have reached a major milestone in their assembly. On May 28, 2013, the cars moved under their own power for the first time on the test track at the Hyundai Rotem plant in Changwon, Korea. Click here to view the video of the railcar on its test run and to learn more about the commuter rail cars. All 56 of the commuter rail car shells have been fabricated.
For additional information on the Eagle P3 project or other RTD FasTracks rail lines, please visit www.rtd-fastracks.com.
DTP crews setting girders on the commuter rail bridge over Peña Boulevard. The work is part of the RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train from Denver Union Station (DUS) to Denver International Airport
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DTP work crews constructing the Broadway Bridge, Sand Creek Freight Bridge, and the Quebec Street Bridge. The work is part of RTD FasTracks East Rail Line, the commuter rail train from Denver Union Station (DUS) to Denver International Airport
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