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Indiana Street at UPRR Widening Project

June 2020 Update

The City of Arvada is pursuing a Federal grant for the SH-72 (Indiana St) at Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) Widening Project. The grant opportunity known as Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) was advertised by the Federal Railroad Administration. Similar to previous efforts, City of Arvada is submitting the application with interest from partnering agencies and committment to a 20% local match towards the $39M project. The City of Arvada is appreciative of the community and partners that have provided support throughout the application process. An update will be posted when the City is informed about the grant selection from the Federal government.

March 2018 Update

The following “project webpage” was developed in response to the Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2017 grant solicitation. The City of Arvada completed the application process with the support of the Arvada community, Jefferson County, and the Colorado State Department of Transportation. Unfortunately, the project was not selected for funding by the Federal Highway Administration. The City of Arvada thanks the community and partners that provided support throughout the process. The project is a priority for the City and will be submitted for future grant opportunities.


The City of Arvada in partnership with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is in the process of applying for a grant program known as Transportation Improvements Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER). The purpose of the grant is to provide one-time discretionary funds to transportation projects that benefit the national, regional, and local economy. The City of Arvada is excited to participate in this collaborative opportunity and is applying for a $20,000,000.00 project to widen the State Highway 72 (Indiana St) between W. 80th Ave. and W. 86th Pkwy. The project involves reconstruction of a Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) bridge that then allows widening of SH-72 (Indiana St.) from a narrow 2-lane highway to a 4-lane median separated roadway with bike lanes and sidepath trails.

Project Purpose

The project is intended to reconstruct an antiquated railroad bridge and address congestion on SH-72 (Indiana Street) from W. 80th Ave. to W. 86th Pkwy. by adding travel lanes (capacity). While reconstructing the roadway, the project will also add bicycle lanes for cyclists and trails for pedestrians and novice cyclists traveling along the corridor.

The project is coordinated with multiple planning documents:

Benefits and Impacts

The SH-72 (Indiana St.) at UPRR Multimodal Widening Project is intended to benefit the freight rail transportation system as well as the regional highway and local street network. By reconstructing an antiquated railroad bridge, the project keeps over 20 freight rail trips on-track and ensures reliability of goods and raw materials that impact our nation’s economy. The reconstruction of the bridge provides an opportunity to widen the bridge span, which would then allow widening of the SH-72 (Indiana St.) from a narrow 2-lane road with small shoulder areas to the planned 4-lane highway with bike lanes, landscaping, and sidepaths.


Narrow Bridge









The 4-lane median separated roadway will accommodate the existing traffic volume (23,000 Average Daily Trips) as well as anticipated future growth and development. By keeping regional traffic on regional roadways, Jefferson County and Arvada resident concerns about cut-through traffic through Local Streets will also be addressed. The project will also widen the SH-72 (Indiana St.) intersections at W. 80th Ave. and W. 86th Pkwy., which will reduce congestion and delays on the City streets.

big traffic jam


Community Support

Although the current congestion affects emergency response and operational safety, the efficient movement of people and goods on the regional transportation networks is ultimately in the best interest of our businesses, residents, and visitors.

The following are public survey statements regarding the current traffic conditions on SH-72 (Indiana St.) at the vicinity of the proposed project site:

  • “Indiana is backed up at almost all times of the day, being only one lane each direction; traffic from new housing developments is causing congestion which is getting worse each day.”
  • “I am an Arvada native. Around 5 p.m., a drive that used to take 15-20 minutes can now take 30-45 minutes.”
  • “Indiana is a disaster. Last Tuesday at 5:40 pm I had to sit through five red light cycles on Indiana at 72nd going north.”
  • “We live off of Indiana and W. 77th Drive and it is very dangerous turning into or out of our street. Widening that portion of the road, or even adding turn lanes will help tremendously. Also, there is no sidewalk on Indiana , making it very dangerous to bike or walk.”

The project application is being submitted with the support of public representatives, governmental organizations, and advocacy groups. The following are letters of support:

Supporting Documents

Engineering Documents

Adjacent Plats, Assessor Maps and Construction Drawing

Application and Results

TIGER applications were due to the United State Department of Transportation (USDOT) on October 16, 2017. USDOT evaluated all applications received and compare the merit of the project to the intent of the TIGER grant program. In March 2018, the TIGER 2017 program announced the results of the TIGER grant solicitation. Unfortunately, the City of Arvada was not selected as a recipient of the grant. The City of Arvada will continue to pursue funding efforts to support the
Indiana Street (SH-72) Widening, including local efforts to eliminate bottlenecks at signalized intersections as well as development projects that can contribute right-of- way and infrastructure improvements.