The City of Wheat Ridge announced additional funding is now available to construct permanent improvements at the south end of the Wadsworth corridor, focused on the 38th Avenue intersection.
The additional work is part of the Wadsworth Improvement project, which broke ground in late 2021. The project includes modernizing and improving Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to I-70, with efficient and safe intersection designs, safer entrances and exits for vehicles accessing businesses, a continuous sidewalk on the west, and a bike/pedestrian path on the east side of Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to the Clear Creek Trail.
“The importance of improving Wadsworth as a transportation corridor is felt beyond Wheat Ridge. Wadsworth is significant to the entire region. We are pleased to announce that additional funding is now available to construct permanent improvements at the south end of the corridor, focused on the 38th Avenue intersection,” said Wheat Ridge Mayor Bud Starker.
Construction has focused on the area from 41st Avenue north to I-70 including building the continuous flow intersection (CFI) at 44th Avenue. The second CFI at 38th Avenue and final improvements south of 41st Avenue to 35th Avenue required additional funding.
Completing the full project now will save money, eliminate the need for temporary work, and prevent having to come back in future years to make the ultimate improvement at the south end of the corridor.
The project is now slated to be complete in spring of 2026. The total project cost, including design, environmental, property acquisition and construction, is approximately $82 million, making it one of the largest infrastructure projects ever led by the city. The city is thankful to federal, state and regional partners who together, have funded more than 75% of this project. The city is also grateful to Wheat Ridge voters who approved a sales tax increase in 2016 to fund a portion of this project.
About the City of Wheat Ridge
The City of Wheat Ridge offers a mix of retail/commercial businesses and unique residential neighborhoods with easy access to the Denver metropolitan area. The community of nine square miles is located immediately west of Denver with a population of 33,000 residents. This home rule city was incorporated in 1969, however, its rich heritage extends back to the 1800s.