Federal Blvd. Reduced to One Lane in Each Direction for Approximately Five Months

June 16, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Traffic shifts to the west on Federal Blvd. between 67th and 70th Avenues

DENVER– Beginning today, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will reduce Federal Boulevard to one lane in each direction between 67th and 70th Avenues for approximately five months. This lane reduction will help expedite the delivery of the structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge on Federal Blvd. at 69th Ave. over the BNSF Railroad and RTD Northwest Rail Line. Speed will be reduced to 30 miles per hour within this quarter-mile stretch.

"We understand the impact this work will have on residents and businesses along this busy corridor," said Paul Jesaitis, Region 1 Transportation Director. "Our goal is to substantially complete the new bridge by the end of November and this lane reduction allows us to hit that milestone. Otherwise, construction would be required to extend for an additional year."

Detour Route

Northbound Federal Blvd. travelers should take  64th Avenue east to Pecos Street, north on Pecos Street, and west on 72nd Avenue to return to Federal Blvd.

Southbound Federal Blvd. travelers should use the above listed route in reverse. 

Pedestrian are advised to use other routes due to safety concerns through the construction zone.  RTD buses and pick up locations may be rerouted. For up to date information on bus route changes, please check: www.rtd-denver.com

CDOT and prime contractor, Hamon Infrastructure, reminds drivers to Slow for the Cone Zone.  Fines for violations will be doubled within the work zone.


The Federal Boulevard/69th Bridge Replacement Project over the BNSF Railroad & RTD’s Northwest Rail Line is replacing a structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridge.  It also is reconstructing a ½ mile segment of roadway between 67th and 70th avenues and adding retaining walls at the bridge approaches.

When complete, the new bridge will provide a wider roadway, eliminate an existing pinch point and allow for two additional through lanes over the bridge. ADA curb ramps will be added for handicap access and new wider sidewalks on each side of Federal Boulevard will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility. Raised medians also will be added to separate traffic. Aesthetic enhancements include an elevated median planter with the Westminster city logo that will also allow for future sculptures. Additional benefits include new lighting along Federal and along the Little Dry Creek pedestrian trail, and a new signal at 69th Avenue to enhance access to the future RTD Eagle-P3 commuter rail station.

The City of Westminster has been key in the planning and development of this $12 million project. It is scheduled for completion in late spring 2017.  

Stay Informed

Updated information regarding traffic impacts is available by calling the project hotline at 720-737-5123 or visiting the website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/federal-69thbridge

For information on other projects, visit http://www.cotrip.org/roadConditions.htm, or call 511. To receive other project updates via e-mail, visit www.cotrip.org and click on the cell-phone icon in the center of the page.