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DENVER - The Denver Millennium Bridge in downtown Denver is getting a makeover.

The pedestrian bridge, located at the west end of the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, was built in 1999 and is the world's first, cable-stayed bridge using post-tensioned structural construction.

The Central Platte Valley Metropolitan District' will be being widening the East staircase and improving lighting, In a press release, CPVMD states the project is funded almost completely by savings from street infrastructure.

The East staircase is being widened to accommodate more pedestrians. Many more people are expected to access the bridge over the next few years due to the expansion of Union Station and the addition of a commuter rail from Union Station to the airport, scheduled to begin service in 2016,

Crews will also install LED lights. CPVMD says the lights will increase energy efficiency, decrease light pollution and allow the iconic bridge to use colored lights year round, for when other city building are lit for sporting events and holidays.

Construction began April 21 and will be completed in July.

Phase one of the project will last until May 24. During that time, the south side of the bridge will be closed to the public.

The north side of the bridge will be closed to the public during phase two, which is scheduled to begin May 27, and is expected to last until July 11.

Construction will not shut down the bridge to pedestrians. There will still be access for people to walk through, but parts of the staircases will be closed.

The elevators will be closed due to construction from April 21 to May 23 and then again from May 29 to June 13.

For those who want to avoid construction, CPVMD says maps are posted on either side of the bridge directing pedestrians to 15th or 18th Streets.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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