Project: Brighton Blvd. – Silva Cells
Location: Denver, Colorado
Brighton Boulevard is a streetscape project that will provide public right-of-way improvements including travel and turn lanes, curbs and medians, protected bike lanes, pedestrian amenities and as well as a number of utility/drainage improvements between 29th Street and 44th Street. WSRI is mainly involved with the landscaping, irrigation and drainage improvements though along this corridor. The innovative piece of this project is a stormwater BMP known as Silva Cells. These cells are a modular suspended pavement system that uses soil volumes to support large tree growth and provide powerful on-site stormwater management through absorption and interception in small urban spaces. Silva Cells are able to sustain large trees, are low maintenance, can be used in any type of soil, and help sustain flow control of stormwater.
The major challenge with Brighton Boulevard project is and has been traffic control. Working along a narrow street corridor with a regular traffic flow means that crews with equipment must be very diligent and precise when onsite.