Horizontal Construction

Horizontal Infrastructure

Owner: City and County of Denver

Program Manager: Jacobs Engineering

Architect/Engineer: Merrick and Company

Horizontal Integrated Contractor: Hensel Phelps


Project Updates

Horizontal Site Work (Under construction) – On-going utilities, campus IT – fiber, natural gas, and campus electric work.

Pedestrian Bridge (Design) – In the design phase for the future pedestrian bridge and other mobility options to improve campus east/west connectivity across railroad tracks. This bridge will connect the campus across the railroad tracks from the RTD N Line commuter rail station on Brighton Blvd. to a landing near the Livestock Center and Stockyards Event Center. The bridge will span 320 feet and will include elevators and stairs on each side.

48th Bridge / Bettie Cram Bridge (Design) – DOTI is leading the next steps and planning to use a one-build approach to the 48th Ave connection to minimize impacts to the community. There are several key infrastructure needs along 48th Ave and Washington St., which include a new drainage outfall, levee improvements, and intersection improvements at Washington St.

Riverfront Open Space (2023) – 6-acres of new outdoor space is complete and has been turned over to the Authority to program and maintain the area. Public Art Program is commissioning art for the open space Art installation has begun and is anticipated to be complete Q3 2024.

National Western Drive + Bettie Cram Drive (2022)- New multi-modal roads are open and in use.

51st Avenue Bridge (2022) – The first of two planned bridges connecting to Washington Street and the Globeville neighborhood is complete.  The 51st Ave Bridge features public art by local artist, David Ocelotl Garcia titled the People’s Bridge of the Sun.

RTD Transit Station (2020) – The new RTD N line at the National Western Center station opened in September 2020 and gives residents of Elyria-Swansea and Globeville access to Union Station, Commerce City, Northglenn, and Thornton.

DRIR Rail Corridor (2020) – In 2019 the city reached an agreement with DRIR for the consolidation and relocation of almost 3 miles of railroad tracks away from the river and removal of 11 at-grade crossings. Construction is complete and DRIR is using their new tracks.

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