Jackson Street Storm Drain Updates

July 31, 2020 / Comments (0)

General News

The Week Ahead: August 3, 2020

  • Installation of phase one of the new, expanded stormwater pipe and restoration of the westbound lanes of E. Colfax have been completed.
  • The traffic configuration on E. Colfax has been “flipped” for pipe installation to begin in the eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street. During this phase of construction, the traffic plan is as follows:
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax have been reopened and adjusted to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
    • Access to Jackson Street from E. Colfax Avenue has been reopened.
    • The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street are closed.
    • Side streets and alleys in the construction area on the south side of E. Colfax Avenue (Garfield, Monroe and Madison Streets) will remain open to traffic.
    • Vehicles traveling eastbound on E. Colfax Avenue will not be permitted to make left turns onto Monroe, Jackson and Harrison Streets due to safety and traffic congestion concerns but will be permitted to make a left turn at Madison Street and at the light at Garfield Street.
    • Vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue in the project area will not be permitted to make left turns from E. Colfax onto Madison, Monroe and Garfield Streets due to safety and traffic congestion concerns.
    • Access to businesses, parking lots and sidewalks in the project area will be maintained during construction, with the exception of the sidewalk adjacent to National Jewish Hospital along E. Colfax Avenue.
  • The RTD bus stops at Garfield on both the north side and south side of E. Colfax Avenue will be closed during this phase of construction.
  • Access to NJH has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14thAvenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the NJH’s new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: July 27, 2020

  • Installation of the stormwater pipe in the westbound lanes of E. Colfax has been completed. Weather permitting, crews are scheduled to complete paving and striping operations by mid-week. During this work, the westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Weather permitting, beginning on Thursday, July 30, the traffic plan on E. Colfax will “flip” for pipe installation to begin in the eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street. During this phase of construction, the traffic plan will be as follows:
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax will be reopened and adjusted to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
    • Access to Jackson Street from E. Colfax Avenue will reopen.
    • The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will be closed.
    • Side streets and alleys in the construction area on the south side of E. Colfax Avenue (Garfield, Monroe and Madison Streets) will remain open to traffic.
    • Vehicles traveling eastbound on E. Colfax Avenue will not be permitted to make left turns onto Madison, Monroe, Jackson and Harrison Streets due to safety and traffic congestion concerns but will be permitted to make a left turn at the light at Garfield Street.
    • Vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue in the project area will not be permitted to make left turns from E. Colfax onto Madison, Monroe and Garfield Streets due to safety and traffic congestion concerns.
    • Access to businesses, parking lots and sidewalks in the project area will be maintained during construction, with the exception of the sidewalk adjacent to National Jewish Hospital along E. Colfax Avenue.
  • The RTD bus stops at Garfield on both the north side and south side of E. Colfax Avenue will be closed during this phase of construction.
  • Access to NJH has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14thAvenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the NJH’s new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: July 20, 2020

  • Please note that despite the construction at Colfax and Jackson Street, area businesses including Tough Mudder Bootcamp, Bishops Haircuts, Cricket Wireless and Chick-fil-A are accessible both by car and by foot. The combination of the pandemic and construction in the area makes it more important than ever to consider supporting local businesses.
  • Due to a variety of unforeseen events including heavy storms and the impacts of COVID-19, construction will continue in the westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue until early August. Adjustments to the timeline are reflected in the Project Background section, below.
  • Water lines in the project area were temporarily moved early in the construction process to provide construction access. Restoration of water lines for businesses located on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue between Jackson and Harrison Streets and residences on Jackson Street between E. Colfax and 16th Avenues will occur on Sunday, July 19 between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and midnight. Impacted residences and businesses have been notified individually.
  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place into August 2020 as follows:
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed.The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street is closed.
  • Access to NJH has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14thAvenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the NJH’s new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: June 29, 2020

  • Please note that despite the construction at Colfax and Jackson Street, businesses including Tough Mudder Bootcamp, Bishops Haircuts, Cricket Wireless and Chick-fil-A are accessible both by car and by foot. The combination of the pandemic and construction in the area makes it more important than ever to consider supporting local businesses.
  • Due to a variety of unforeseen events including heavy storms and the impacts of COVID-19, construction will continue in the westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue until early August. The resulting adjustments to the construction timeline are at the bottom of this project web page.
  • Crews will be working on Saturday, June 27 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Water lines in the project area were temporarily moved early in the construction process to provide construction access.

    This large, 126-inch stormwater pipe will provide additional capacity for water to flow and reduce flood risks in the area.

    Restoration of water line locations for businesses and residences in the project area will occur in the coming weeks. Impacted property owners will be notified directly once the schedule is finalized.

  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place into August 2020 as follows:
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard will occur between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street is closed.
  • Access to NJH has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the NJH’s new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visithttps://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: June 22, 2020

  • Please note that despite the construction at Colfax and Jackson Street, area businesses including Tough Mudder Bootcamp, Bishops Haircuts, Cricket Wireless and Chick-fil-A are accessible both by car and by foot. The combination of the pandemic and construction in the area makes it more important than ever to consider supporting local businesses.
  • Due to a variety of unforeseen events including heavy storms and the impacts of COVID-19, construction will continue in the westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue until early August. Adjustments to the timeline are reflected in the Project Background section, below.
  • Water lines in the project area were temporarily moved early in the construction process to provide construction access. Water lines were successfully restored at Chick-fil-A and National Jewish Health (NJH) last week. Restoration of water line locations for other businesses and residences in the project area will occur in the coming weeks. Impacted property owners will be notified directly once the schedule is finalized.
  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place into August 2020 as follows:
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed.The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street is closed.
  • Access to NJH has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14thAvenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the NJH’s new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: May 18, 2020

  • Please note that despite the construction near businesses at Colfax and Jackson Street, these businesses are accessible both by car and by foot. The combination of the pandemic and construction in the area makes it more important than ever to consider supporting local businesses.
  • Water lines in the project area were temporarily moved early in the construction process to provide construction access. Crews will be onsite to restore the original fire line connection for Chick-fil-A on Sunday, May 17 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Restoration of water line locations for other businesses and residences in the project area will occur in the coming weeks. Impacted property owners will be notified directly once the schedule is finalized.
  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place through May and into late June as follows:
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • Access to National Jewish Health has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: May 11, 2020

  • Crews will be working on Saturday, May 9 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place through May and into late June as follows:
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • Access to National Jewish Health has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.*Because of state and local stay-at-home orders, our direct, face-to-face communication with the community is limited. If you think this construction information would be helpful to your neighbors, please forward this email to them and suggest they sign-up to receive future updates at [email protected]. Thank you!

The Week Ahead: April 27, 2020
  • Crews will be working on Saturday, April 25 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place through April and into late May as follows:
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • Access to National Jewish Health has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.*Because of state and local stay-at-home orders, our direct, face-to-face communication with the community is limited. If you think this construction information would be helpful to your neighbors, please forward this email to them and suggest they sign-up to receive future updates at [email protected]. Thank you!

The Week Ahead: March 30, 2020

  • Crews will be working on Saturday, March 28 and April 4 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place as follows:
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison

    This large, 126-inch stormwater pipe will provide additional capacity for water to flow and reduce flood risks in the area.

    Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.

  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • Access to National Jewish Health has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week & Weekend Ahead: March 16, 2020

  • The existing traffic plan will remain in place as follows:
    • Intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
    • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • Access to National Jewish Health has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week & Weekend Ahead: March 2, 2020

  • In the coming weeks, intermittent closures of the far right lane of southbound Colorado Boulevard between E. 16th and E. Colfax Avenues will occur to accommodate truck staging for hauling material from the construction site.
  • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on E. Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • Access to National Jewish Health has been temporarily relocated from E. Colfax Avenue to 14th Avenue.
  • Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week & Weekend Ahead: February 18, 2020

  • Ames Construction will be installing two conduits across E. Colfax Avenue, which will require temporary, full lane closures across Colfax around Jackson Street. To minimize disruption to residents, businesses and commuters, current plans are to perform the work between 10 p.m. Saturday, February 22 and 5 a.m. Sunday, February 23.
  • Crews conducted work on water lines beginning at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. Work was completed earlier than anticipated, with water fully restored to residents and businesses by 5 a.m. on Sunday, February 9. Thank you for your patience and understanding while crews performed this critical work.
  • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax will remain open (with the exception of the conduit installation on February 22-23, mentioned above) and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • The lane closures on E. Colfax necessitated temporarily moving the entrance to National Jewish Health (NJH) to 14th Avenue. Signage has been added to help patients find that entrance. Additionally, pedestrian access to NJH is currently located on 14th Avenue.
*Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

The Week Ahead: February 3, 2020

  • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax around Jackson Street will remain closed during the first phase of construction. The eastbound lanes of E. Colfax will remain open and adjusted during this time to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Please note that vehicles traveling westbound on Colfax Avenue are able to turn right on northbound Harrison Street for access to local businesses and the neighborhood. Businesses in the project area are open during construction.
  • During the first phase of construction, the sidewalk on the north side of E. Colfax around the intersection at Jackson Street will be closed.
  • To minimize disruption to businesses and residences in the immediate project area, Ames Construction, the City’s contractor for this project, will be working on water lines from 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 until 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 9. Impacted residences and businesses will be notified individually.
  • To minimize the impact on parking availability in the surrounding neighborhoods, Ames has secured off-street parking for its project team and work crews.
  • The lane closures on E. Colfax necessitated temporarily moving the entrance to National Jewish Health (NJH) to 14th Avenue. Signage has been added to help patients find that entrance. Additionally, pedestrian access to NJH is currently located on 14th Avenue.
*Construction is also underway on the National Jewish Health new Center for Outpatient Health on the northwestern most section of the former patient parking lot, situated at E. Colfax Avenue, between Jackson and Garfield Streets. For more information about this project, please visit https://nationaljewish.org/center-for-outpatient-health/overview.

Businesses in the project area are open during construction. Please shop or visit to support them during this project!


Project Background

In early January, Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure began pre-construction work for the installation of an improved, expanded storm drain system to provide greater flood protection for Congress Park residents, National Jewish Health (NJH) patients and staff, and local businesses from heavy rainstorms and other storm events. In addition, the new Jackson Street Storm Drain infrastructure will ultimately provide additional capacity for the upstream area around Hale Parkway.
The Jackson Street Storm Drain Project will begin on the north side of E. Colfax Avenue at Jackson Street. Work will proceed south across E. Colfax, through the existing City right-of-way (ROW) in the National Jewish Health (NJH) parking lot and continue on E. 14th Avenue at Jackson Street for ½ block east towards Harrison Street. The entire project will take approximately 18 months.


Overview of Construction Timeline & Traffic Impacts

Early January 2020 – April 2020 (3-4 months)
Construction in westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue at Jackson Street
  • During this phase of construction, the westbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street will be closed, while the eastbound lanes of E. Colfax will remain open and adjusted to provide one eastbound and one westbound lane for traffic.
  • Access to Jackson Street from E. Colfax will not be open to vehicles during work in westbound lanes of E. Colfax.
April 2020 – August 2020 (3-4 months)
Construction in eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue at Jackson Street
  • The westbound lanes of E. Colfax will be reopened and adjusted to provide one lane of traffic in each direction.
  • Access to Jackson Street from E. Colfax will reopen.
  • The traffic plan on E. Colfax will “flip” for pipe installation to begin in the eastbound lanes of E. Colfax Avenue around Jackson Street and the eastbound lanes will be closed.
January 6, 2020 – August 2020 (8 months)
North end of Jackson ROW/NJH parking lot (Driveway to Circle Entrance)
Mid-August 2020 – March 2021 (7-8 months)
South end of Jackson ROW/NJH parking lot (Circle Entrance into E. 14th Avenue) and E. 14th Avenue
  • Full lane closures will be required on E. 14th Avenue in the area around Garfield, Jackson and Harrison Streets during the final phase of the project to ensure the safety of the construction crews as they install the new pipe.
  • Detours will be put in place during this phase of construction.

General Construction Impacts

Residents and Businesses: Access to residences and businesses will be maintained during construction.
Pedestrian Traffic: Sidewalks on the north side of E. Colfax at Jackson Street will be closed during installation of the new storm pipe in that intersection for the first phase. Please be aware that this project involves digging deep ditches to make way for the new storm pipe. For safety reasons, pedestrians are asked to avoid fenced off areas and to cross only at traffic signals.RTD: The RTD stop at E. Colfax and Colorado Boulevard will remain open during construction. While crews work in the westbound lanes of E. Colfax, the bus stop at Garfield Street may be impacted. Additionally, it is possible that the bus stop next to NJH will be temporarily closed when work shifts to the eastbound lanes of E. Colfax. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.
Utilities: There may be temporary interruptions of utility services during construction. Advance notice will be provided to impacted residents.
For questions or to sign up for weekly updates, email us at  [email protected].
For urgent, construction-related questions, call Gary Padilla, on-site inspector at 303 446-3445 or Perry Lopez, contractor at 303 995-2278.
For non-urgen
t questions that will be answered within a few hours during regular business hours, call 720 460-9055.
Learn more at: denvergov.org and enter “Jackson Street Storm” in the search bar.

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