DENVER -- A portion of northbound Brighton Boulevard will close starting Friday and lasting until early 2018, causing big impacts on traffic and businesses in the area.
The city of Denver said the northbound lanes of the busy road will be closed between 38th and 44th streets as part of a $29 million project to overhaul a 15-block stretch in the entire RiNo area. Southbound traffic will remain open.
Crews will put in new storm sewer lines to help improve drainage. They're massive pipes and that's why the closure will take so long.
"We understand this is going to be frustrating, but when all is said and done, people are going to be really happy with this improvements because this is an area that has old storm drains and they don’t even have sidewalks," said Heather Burke with Denver Public Works.
There will also be detours in place.
Drivers can take 38th Street to eastbound Interstate 70, then exit at Brighton Boulevard, according to the city's website.
They can also take 38th Street to Walnut Street to 40th Avenue to Josephine Street. Then they can take westbound I-70 to the Brighton Boulevard exit.
Another detour the city suggests is 38th Street to East 47th Avenue to Brighton Boulevard.
Pedestrian access between 31st and 40th streets will be maintained on the east side. Between 40th and 44th streets, and 29th and 31st streets, pedestrian access will be on the west side.
Alternate routes are recommended for bicyclists.
"Denver is growing and we want Brighton to be a major thoroughfare in Denver," Burke said. "It’s kind of a gateway to Denver and that’s what we want it to be. And that’s why we’re making all of these great improvements as more people move here."
After the sewer lines are installed, teh road will be rebuilt with sidewalks, bicycle lanes, traffic lights, landscaping, light fixtures and benches.