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Federal Boulevard Pipe Replacement

Denver Water has started a water main replacement project on Federal Boulevard. The project will last until summer 2021. Working hours will typically be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This project will occur in two locations on Federal Boulevard, with two crews working simultaneously to replace the aging water mains underneath the road:

  • Federal Boulevard from West 16th Avenue to West 29th Avenue.
  • Federal Boulevard from West 46th Avenue to West 52nd Avenue.
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During construction, there will be daily lane closures on Federal Boulevard in these areas. Motorists should expect delays when traveling through the project areas. Local access to residences and businesses will be maintained throughout the project.

Denver Water will provide updates throughout the project via email and the social media platform Nextdoor. Residents and businesses in the construction zone will receive additional notifications with information about specific impacts they may experience.

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The following traffic impacts are currently in place:

  • Various lane closures on Federal Boulevard from West 23rd Avenue to West 26th Avenue.

Business access will be maintained throughout the entire project, while motorists should expect reduced speeds, lane shifts and lane closures Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What is this project?

As a major part of Denver Water’s Pipe Replacement Program, crews will replace nearly 10,000 linear feet of pipe along Federal Boulevard in two separate locations:

  • Federal Boulevard from West 16th Avenue to West 29th Avenue. 
  • Federal Boulevard from West 46th Avenue to West 52nd Avenue.

How long will the project last?

The project starts in January 2021 and will continue through summer 2021.

What does the work include?

As Denver Water’s infrastructure reaches the end of its useful life, specific water mains in need of replacement are identified to ensure our customers receive a continuous supply of high-quality water. Denver Water replaces water mains for various reasons, including repairing or avoiding main breaks, replacing corroded pipe, alleviating water quality problems, increasing available hydrant flow and improving area delivery.

As part of the Federal Boulevard Pipe Replacement Project, crews will dig a trench to install the new water main. These trenches will be covered each night. Crews will move from south to north and work in two-to-three block increments at a time, spending about a month in each section. 

Denver Water will also replace any lead service lines encountered as a part of this project.

Will businesses still be open?

Businesses will remain open throughout construction. Denver Water will work to ensure individuals are able to safely access businesses by using flaggers. Businesses in the project zone include:

West 16th Avenue to West 29th Avenue:
Adams Mystery Playhouse Lit Dispensary
American G I Forum Longhorn Tire
Appliance Depot Mile High Liquors
Cilantro Mile High Youth Corps
Cliff Singer Lettering National Institute for Change
Denny's Pizza Hut
Denver Children's Advocacy Ponce Furniture Company
El Centenario Joyeria Precision Homes
Family Dollar Proud Souls Barbecue
Family Star Montessori School Office Rocky Mountain Athletics
Federal Bar & Grill Safeway Store 1248
Fieldhouse Denver Event Venue Salvation Army Lambuth Family Center
Floydz Tires Santiago's
Hi Performance Car Wash Snarfburger
Highline Management Snarf's
Intermountain Radiator and Muffler Sportsfan
KFC Tacos El Paisa
Kings Custom Tire Taste of China
La Fiesta Flowers & Pinatas The Purple Dragon
Law Office of Manuel Solis Uhaul (Conoco)
Leo's Sports Bar and Billiards Wireless Image
Les Schwab Tire Center


West 46th Avenue to West 52nd Avenue:
303 Print House / Family Barbershop Little Caesars Pizza
7-ELEVEN McCoy's Restaurant
BBVA Bank McDonald's
Burger King Rum Runner Liquor
Church's Chicken Taco Bell
Del Norte Tires Taxes Envios de Dinero
DOLLAR TREE STORE #3188 The Bomb Head Shop
El Taco Veloz The Tire Store
Garcia's Auto Repair Viva Burrito Company
Good Times Burgers Wendy's
Hi-Performance Car Wash II Winchells Donuts
Interstate Roofing
Regis Square Shopping Center tenants:
Cosmovida 2 Limited Pharmacy Ranger Station Bookstore
Cricket Regis Square Liquors
Epic Laundromat Subway
Joyeria El Nuevo Mundo Thai Bao
Longmont Packing #2 Carniceria

How will the project impact me?

There will be daily lane closures on Federal Boulevard throughout the project from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Both directions of traffic will remain open throughout the project, and all lanes will reopen each evening at 7 p.m. Because of the potential for delays, motorists are advised to find an alternate route. 

Water outages will be necessary on this project. We understand water service is a necessity for health and hygiene during COVID-19 and will make every effort to minimize the duration of outages. Before any planned water outages, we will send specific information about the date and expected length of the outage, as well as ways you can prepare so you have water on hand. While unlikely, emergency water shut-offs may also occur. 

What does this have to do with Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program?

As part of this work, Denver Water will replace approximately 180 known or suspected lead service lines from the tap at the water main to the first brass fitting inside the structure. If we encounter a lead service line on your property, Denver Water will coordinate a time to replace the lead service line with you. For more information on Denver Water’s Lead Reduction Program, please visit Lead Reduction Program.

How will I know if I have a lead service line?

The water Denver Water delivers is lead-free, but lead can get into water as it moves through customer-owned water service lines if those service lines contain lead. Because property owners, not Denver Water, own water service lines, information on what they are made of is inconsistent and scattered among a variety of sources. So, Denver Water has been developing a comprehensive inventory of known and suspected lead services lines using a combination of property records (homes built before 1951 are more likely to have lead service lines in Denver Water’s experience), water quality tests and visual inspections of service lines.

What does lead service line replacement include?

Denver Water will coordinate a time to replace the lead service line with you. This will include at least two visits: first to determine the scope of work, and again to connect the newly installed service line to the existing interior plumbing.

Denver Water will provide the property owner with a consent form to sign, allowing our crews to access your property and replace your service line. Someone over the age of 18 must be present for Denver Water to enter and work on your property.

You will also be included in the Filter Program. Denver Water will provide a water pitcher, filter and replacement filters certified to remove lead to use until six months after your service line is replaced.

How long after construction will it take for Denver Water to restore streets, curbs and landscaping?

Restoration of roadway paving, curbs, gutters and landscaping generally begins one to three weeks after construction and will be completed as weather and schedules allow.