A $12 million contract to reconstruct and widen a heavily traveled stretch of South Broadway is up for approval Tuesday night by the Denver City Council.
The project is set
to expand Broadway's capacity south of Interstate 25, smoothing a notorious bottleneck between Arizona and Kentucky avenues by adding turn lanes and a third through lane north of Mississippi Avenue.
Castle Rock Construction Co. will replace pock-marked asphalt with a concrete roadway on Broadway. Mississippi also will get added turn lanes and other improvements near that intersection.
But with more transit-oriented development planned for the area, which is near the Broadway light-rail station, critics have questioned the potential challenge posed for pedestrians by the wider configuration, with as many as nine lanes to cross at intersections.
Planners say several changes will aid pedestrians, including curb extensions that narrow the roadways at intersections, improved lighting and center medians in some places. The project also calls for a 10-foot-wide multi-use sidewalk along the east side of Broadway.
New apartment buildings have opened at the intersection with Mississippi Avenue, and hundreds more residential units are on tap in coming years as the former Gates Rubber Co. site is redeveloped.