East Rail Line Progress – Stapleton

By Robert Wilson

After leaving Colorado Station the East Rail Line parallels the soon-to-be relocated Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks and Smith road to the south. After the alignment passes to the east of Quebec Street, the corridor widens, allowing for more space between the trains and less need for relocation activities. At Quebec Street, crews are building a new bridge, pictured below, for RTD’s East Rail Line. The girders for this bridge were put in place over the summer across Quebec Street and sandwiched between the existing UPRR freight and Smith Road bridges. The bridge will be double tracked allowing RTD trains to travel in either direction.


Crews have (finally) placed the girders for the new Sand Creek bridges. Crews are building two separate bridges – one double-track bridge for RTD and a separate bridge for UPRR to use as a second mainline across Sand Creek. Spanning across both bridges is the new Central Park Boulevard bridge which connects the Stapleton neighborhood to I-70 and the Northfield shopping center to the north.


Finally, one look west along Smith Road showing all of the relocation efforts and other construction going on in anticipation of the East Rail Line.

Next time, we will take a look at the work going on near the Peoria Station.



  1. Edwardthe2nd December 15, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks. Great job on these updates.

  2. Patrick December 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Great update! It’s great to see this project moving! I’m looking forward to your next updates!

  3. Joe December 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Love all this! Thanks for taking the time and effort to keep us all updated.

  4. SC48 December 19, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Great updates! Thanks.

    Not sure if I missed it in a prior update, but will the line be single track west of Stapleton?

    Also, I know there are plans to build a transit oriented development around the Stapleton station, have any concrete plans been developed for that area in terms of housing, retail, offices, etc? Just curious – Stapleton bills itself as “new urban,” but it is really so suburban. Feel like the area around that station is their last shot to actually develop something remotely urban.

  5. Kevin Flynn December 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

    SC48: All of the East Rail Line is double-track except for two short segments. The first is the I-70 flyover bridge, at 4,200 feet, from Smith Road to just north of I-70. The second is from just north of 64th Avenue to just east of E470. All of the rest is double-track.

    Denver has a station area plan at Stapleton that you can see here:

    • SC48 January 2, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      Thanks Kevin! That’s exactly what I was looking for.

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