Northbound Speer Boulevard to close on President’s Day for Connecting Auraria Larimer Bridge replacement project

Northbound Speer Boulevard is scheduled to close for one day on President’s Day while crews work on a project to replace the Larimer Street bridge over Cherry Creek.

The Larimer bridge replacement set for Feb. 20 is part of a larger Connecting Auraria project that aims to better integrate the Auraria Campus with Downtown Denver by enhancing Larimer Street from the campus to 14th Street.

The project team is planning to close Speer Boulevard’s northbound lanes between Market Street and Lawrence Street from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the staging and placement of concrete girders for the new bridge’s primary support system.

The bridge was in need of replacement, and reconstructing it will result in wider sidewalks and a curbless street with patterned concrete. The new bridge will also result in a new cross-section that improves the street for a high number of pedestrians and bicyclists.

There will also be ADA-accessible curb ramps on the bridge approach and streetscape enhancements like lighting, seating, trees and planters.

Construction began in late fall 2022 and is anticipated to be completed in fall 2023.

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