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Hampden Avenue to close at Colorado Boulevard again this weekend as crews install underpass

The underpass is being constructed to give cyclists and walkers a safer crossing option at a busy intersection near the High Line Canal Trail.
Credit: DOTI

DENVER — Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) will close Hampden Avenue at Colorado Boulevard again this weekend to continue work on building an underpass for cyclists and pedestrians near the High Line Canal Trail. 

Currently, people on bikes and on foot cross at street level amid heavy vehicle traffic. By building two new underpasses in the area, DOTI is hoping to give cyclists, runners and others a safer crossing option at the busy intersection. 

The installation of the Colorado Boulevard underpass is complete, and crews began work last Friday on the underpass beneath Hampden Avenue. Another weekend closure is set to begin Friday, Aug. 7. 

"There is still more work to be done on the Hampden underpass, which will require another full closure of Hampden Avenue at Colorado Boulevard starting Friday, August 7 at 7 p.m. until Monday, August 10 at 5:30 a.m.," DOTI said in a news release.

Message boards will be posted in advance of the closure to alert people about the work and encourage them to use alternative routes, DOTI said. 

Trail users on Colorado Boulevard will be rerouted around the east side of Magna Carta Park between Girard and Hampden avenues.

>Video below: Timelapose of underpass installation beneath Hampden Ave. at Colorado Blvd.

DOTI said the weekend closure will allow crews to complete the work more quickly and prevent multiple street closures during the week.

In addition to the overpasses, DOTI plans to add a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail along the north side of Hampden that will provide more space to bike and walk. 

The underpasses and multi-use trail are anticipated to be ready for use by spring of 2021, DOTI said.

To learn more about the project, head to this link. 

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