Project Update

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Public Works is currently working on the following projects:


Big Dry Creek Bank Stabilization

Big Dry Creek at Belleview, Bank Stabilization

The City of Englewood Public Works, Parks & Recreation and Library Departments have been working with Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) on an upcoming project at Big Dry Creek, located in Belleview Park.  The project will focus on stabilizing the bank slopes and improving the creek flow while maintaining the recreational aspect of the area.  The project is planned to start in early February 2019 and to be completed by April 2019.  The construction area will remain barricaded for the duration of the project.  Trail access will remain open.

Pirates Cove Egress Project

A project to install two new emergency exits (egress) locations will begin late this winter at the Pirates Cove Aquatic Center.  The purpose of this project is to bring the park up to current Fire and Building codes for safety prior to the 2019 opening season.

Work is anticipated to begin mid-February 2019 and be completed by April 1st 2019.

Elati Street Closure 

  Update January 2, 2019:   The reconstruction of South Elati Street from West Jefferson Avenue to West Ithaca Avenue is complete and in it's final configuration, a one-way street in the northbound direction only.  The angle parking in front of the existing police building is available to the public.  Thank you for all of your cooperation during the construction.  

A & P Construction, the Englewood Police Building Head Quarters (EPD HQ) contractor, will be starting the reconstruction of South Elati Street from West Jefferson Avenue to West Ithaca Avenue.  (see letter & map)

To complete this reconstruction project, Elati Street will be temporarily closed to both north and south bound traffic, beginning on November 19, 2018 with a scheduled completion date of December 17, 2018, weather dependent.  Upon completion of this reconstruction project and the reopening of Elati Street, it will become a one-way street north bound.

Concrete Utility Program

The contract work for 2018 has been completed.  Staff is currently preparing quantities, specifications, and contract documents for the 2019 season.  For further details, see the Concrete Utility page.

US 285 Signal Improvements

In an effort to make a stretch of US 285 safer, traffic staff is converting the left turns at four intersections to "protected only".   “Protected only” means drivers can only make a left turn during a green left turn arrow.  Drivers will no longer be allowed to make a left turn when they get the normal “green ball”.  Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) performed a safety analysis and determined that making certain left turns “protected only” would significantly reduce the number of severe crashes.  Some signal timing changes will occur that may result in some small additional delays, but the result will be a much safer highway with fewer delays due to crashes.

System-Wide Video Camera Upgrades

Video cameras provide staff with instant feedback on crashes, congestion, and traffic signal malfunctions.  The current City system is antiquated and non-operational.  Over the course of 2019 and 2020, staff will be purchasing new high-resolution digital cameras and placing them at strategic intersection locations.  They will help us to quickly respond to traffic, safety, and maintenance issues.

Road and Intersection Safety Evaluation

Staff will be purchasing a new crash safety evaluation tool which will enable them to determine higher than expected crash numbers and unexpected crash patterns.  The tool will also help to determine and evaluate safety improvements, and possibly obtain State funds to pay for them.  The entire city roadway network will be evaluated in 2019.

Dry Gulch Flood Plain and Concept Storm Sewer Plan

Recent flood hazard mapping along Dry Gulch completed by the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District in cooperation with the City of Englewood has identified properties at risk of flooding during a 100-year storm event.  The affected areas are shown in the of the “Flood Hazard Area Delineation, Harvard Gulch and Dry Gulch” report prepared by Matrix Design.

The Englewood City Council will decide if the areas at risk of flooding are to be included in a revision to the official Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain.  Once the floodplain is accepted by FEMA, owners with federally backed mortgages will be required to purchase flood insurance and all properties will be subject to the Floodplain Regulations as established by Tile 16, Chapter 4 of the Englewood Municipal Code.  If the City Council elects not to have the flood plain accepted by FEMA, the floodplain will be regulated by the City of Englewood under the authority of the State of Colorado.

The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District has also developed a recommended plan that will mitigate this flooding.  The recommended plan involves the construction of larger storm sewers and concrete box culverts within the existing streets between the intersection of E. Floyd Ave./S University Blvd., and E. Yale Ave/S. Washington St.  The conceptual storm sewer plan is estimated to cost approximately $20M dollars but will eliminate the $45M in estimated property damage from the 100 year storm.  All properties will be removed from the floodplain when the construction of the storm sewer system is complete.  The conceptual plan is shown in the Harvard Gulch and Dry Gulch Major Drainageway Plan.

US 85 (Santa Fe Drive) Widening

  Update January 10, 2019:   The lane additions for this project were completed in December of 2018.  CDOT is currently waiting for the delivery and installation of the permanent traffic signal poles and mast arms at the intersections with Dartmouth Ave. and the ramp from west bound US 285 (Hampden Ave).  This work will require nighttime lane closures and is expected to be completed by the end of February 2019.  


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has started a project to provide an additional travel lane on south bound S. Santa Fe Drive, between W. Yale Ave. and US 285 (Hampden Ave).  This work will provide:

  • A new southbound travel lane.
  • Relocated acceleration/deceleration lanes for US 285, Rob Roy, Dartmouth Ave. and S. Lipan St.
  • Reconfiguration of medians at US 285, Rob Roy, Dartmouth Ave. and S. Lipan St.
  • Utility construction and modifications to the frontage road on the west side of S. Santa Fe Dr, south of Rob Roy.
  • A new traffic signal at the intersection of S. Santa Fe Dr. and W. Dartmouth Ave.

The project is scheduled to be under construction from August 2018 through November 2018.

CDOT will require that some of the work be conducted at night to lessen impact on traffic.  Concerned citizens should contact CDOT at 720-543-9078 or

This information is also contained on the CDOT Projects webpage.