Hampden Resurfacing Project

The Hampden Resurfacing Project—scheduled to be completed from May through November 2019—will improve a four-mile stretch of East Hampden Avenue from South Dahlia Street to South Parker Road. The improvements will occur from S. Dahlia Street to I-25, and then from I-25 to S. Parker Road.

This project is the result of a collaborative and thoughtful effort following several years of studies conducted alongside the City of Denver.

Click here to view the presentation from a public meeting held on May 15th. 

Project Highlights

  • New pavement: Crews will resurface, add markings and stripe the entire four miles from S. Dahlia to S. Parker Road.
  • Rebuilding ramps: The project includes rebuilding 107 curb ramps to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
  • Improve bridges: The team will remove and replace bridge expansion joints, which stop bridges from bending out of place in extreme conditions.
  • Improve signals: Crews will replace and update signal heads.
  • Fence repairs: Work includes fixing the fence at Goldsmith Gulch.
  • Raised medians: Crews will build continuous raised medians between S. Monaco Parkway and S. Tamarac Drive, with openings at each intersection. There will be an additional raised median built at the intersection of E. Hampden Avenue and S. Verbena Street.
  • Pedestrian crossings: The team is improving pedestrian crossings to create a total of eight "refuge islands" where pedestrians can wait safely if they get stuck in the middle of Hampden.
  • Landscaping: The median will consist of color-patterned concrete.

Project Facts

  • Cost: $7.6 million
  • Contractor: Hamon Infrastructure, Inc.
  • Estimated Timeline: Late May-November 2019
  • Traffic Impacts: Median construction will happen during daytime hours. ADA ramps and other construction will occur during the evening.
  • Location: E. Hampden Avenue from S. Dahlia St. to S. Parker Road

Benefits of Raised Medians

  • Raised medians lead to improved safety for both pedestrians and motorists.
  • Refuge islands allow pedestrians to cross one direction of traffic at a time, wait in the island of the raised median and then cross the other direction of traffic when prompted. This significantly reduces the complexity of crossing a major roadway such as Hampden.
  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Transportation Research Board are encouraging raised medians to reduce car crashes, decrease delays for drivers and reduce vehicle speeds on the roadways.
  • Reduced vehicle speeds, in turn, decrease the rate and severity of crashes.