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City Completes Ralston Road Phase One Construction

The City of Arvada and their contractor, T & M Construction, completed Phase One of the Ralston Road Reconstruction Project in July 2021. Phase One of this project reconstructed Ralston Road between Upham and Yukon Streets. Construction began in February 2020. Phase Two of this project commenced in June 2021 and will take approximately two years to complete. 

This project was funded in part with a grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). The remaining funding was provided by the City of Arvada. Ralston Road Phase One was not part of the City’s 2018 bond measure. Ralston Road Phase Two and W 72nd Avenue Widening Projects are being funded by the 2018 bond. 

The City thanks Olde Town businesses and visitors, neighbors and the traveling public for their patience while the team completed construction on this important arterial route. 

Project Background and Description

The reconstruction of Ralston Road is an ambitious two-phase project to widen this important corridor and provide sustainable infrastructure for the area. Phase One of the project addressed roadway, accessibility, pavement conditions, and aesthetic upgrades from Upham to Yukon Streets.

Highlights of the project include: 

  • Creation of an 8-foot wide pedestrian path (similar to a trail), allowing cyclists access to parks and trails. This sidewalk width exceeds Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) minimum standards and supports the needs of Arvada’s aging population. It also allows pedestrians to walk side-by-side or with their pets, and creates distance from the travel lanes.

  • “Leaning Rails” were identified as a way to improve conditions for bus riders along the project area. Smart Commute Metro North provided $1,000 in seed money and a number of community members and businesses donated funds, some up to $500.00, for the project. The City installed the rails. There are a total of three benches: two at Olde Wadsworth Blvd and one at Upham Street.

  • Widening of the existing 9-foot vehicle travel lanes to 11 feet. This will help decrease sideswipe accidents.

  • Installation of gutter pans to provide an additional one feet of space for the accumulation of rain, snow and debris outside of the travel lanes.

  • Widening of the center two-way left-turn lane to 12 feet to increase driver safety and comfort while stopped between passing vehicles.

  • Reconstruction of aging traffic signals with new technology to improve traffic progression.  

  • Bringing curb ramps to ADA compliance.

To learn more about Phase Two of this project and to sign up for periodic construction updates, please visit www.arvada.org/ralston-road-project.