Denver will invest in development of a transportation system that supports a livable, connected and sustainable city and mitigates increasing growth and demand on the network.
Our community is undertaking an effort that builds upon our successes and proud traditions to design the future of this great city. Denveright is a community-driven planning process that challenges you to shape how we want to evolve in four key areas: land use, mobility, parks, and recreational resources.
Denver Public Works is making the city a more connected place for pedestrians with a new program to construct and improve sidewalks along City parks. The Department received $2.5 million in its budget this year for sidewalk construction and is coordinating with Denver Parks and Recreation on vetting locations, while some of the work got underway in May.
Areas being looked at for new and improved sidewalk connections:
Denver Public Works will convert 19th Avenue and 20th Avenue to provide two-way vehicular travel on both streets through the North Capitol Hill/Uptown area, between approximately Broadway and Park Avenue West. New bicycle facilities will be included on both 19th and 20th Avenues, and Grant and Logan Streets will also be converted to two-way vehicular operation between 18th and 20th Avenues.
Construction is beginning in July 2017 and scheduled to be completed in December.
This project was to design and build a new pedestrian and bike connection between the River North, Curtis Park and Cole neighborhoods and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) 38th & Blake commuter rail station on the Univiersty of Colorado A Line. The bridge spans the railroad tracks to connect Blake Street and Wazee Street between 35th and 36th Streets.
The bridge opened in August 2017.
This Denver Public Works transportation study builds off the connectivity recommendations in the Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan, adopted in 2015 as part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.
The study team examined multi-modal transportation improvements to 40th Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard, and bike and pedestrian connectivity improvements between the neighborhoods, Bruce Randolph Middle School, the RTD Commuter Rail Station and new development east of Colorado Boulevard in the Park Hill neighborhood.
The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will design and construct critical public infrastructure (e.g. cycle track, sidewalks, curb/gutter, on-street parking and more) on Brighton Boulevard, helping establish Brighton as a gateway to Denver.
Work on the first two segments, from 29th Street to 44th Street, began in Fall 2016 and is expected to continue through Spring 2018. Additional construction along the corridor will be planned in phases to the northern city limits.
The initial vision was developed in 2014, followed by a planning process with stakeholders to determine key elements for the design.
Denver Public Works has completed the design of Phase III improvements to Cherry Creek South Drive to complete a vision for the corridor that began more than 15 years ago. Construction begins in May 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in mid-November 2017.
When completed, the project will improve public safety and provide an enhanced experience for all modes of travel with improved access to the Cherry Creek Trail.
Colfax Corridor Connections is a project that is studying mobility needs and identifying transit and other multimodal improvements, including bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular, within the East Colfax travel corridor. The corridor is roughly bounded by I-25 and I-225 to the west and east, respectively, and by 12th Avenue and 20th Avenue on the south and north.
In September 2015, The City and County of Denver launched the Denver Moves Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study to evaluate new concepts for moving more people, safely, along the corridor between Colfax and I-25.
The second phase of the study began in August 2016, with installation of a two-way protected bikeway on South Broadway from Bayaud to Virigina, to help Denver Public Works evaluate safe travel options for everyone along the corridor. The bikeway is part of a larger Broadway/Lincoln Corridor study that kicked off a year ago with a community-driven process that helped determine the bikeway’s placement.
The Elyria Swansea at York East/West Connectivity Study will focus broadly on improving transportation in the area north of I-70 and south of 49th Avenue, with specific focus on designing a safe pedestrian and bicycle grade-separated crossing at 47th and York.
The study concluded in 2016 and identified a recommended alternative. Design is expected to begin in 2017.
Federal Boulevard is a critical north-south link along the west side of downtown Denver. It is a commercial corridor that is home to some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. Denver is studying a 9-mile stretch of Federal Blvd within the city limits from Floyd Ave to Columbine Road, looking at multimodal transportation safety and access as well as business and environmental concerns.
The study launched in Spring 2016 and will conclude with recommended implementation plans for projects and funding along the Federal Corridor.
Denver Public Works is preparing improvements to Federal Boulevard between West 5th Avenue and Howard Place to improve safety and operations for multimodal travel. Preliminary design began in 2011, following the vision established in the city's Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan in 1995 and a study of Federal Boulevard between 5th Avenue and Howard Place.
Roadway reconstruction between W 7th Ave and Holden Place is expected to begin in late 2017; additional restriping is planned between 5th and 7th avenues and from Holden to Howard.
This project will provide a continuous multi-use trail bypassing the busy intersection of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard by building two underpasses beneath these two major arterials. This will improve the connection of the High Line Canal Trail in Denver and neighboring areas, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
A final design is expected to be approved by late 2017. Construction would begin in 2018 or later.
This project will involve a 1.1 mile extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) from Havana Street east to Peoria Street within the Stapleton Redevelopment Area. The new roadway will include travel and parking lane changes, multi-use paths for bicycles and pedestrians, a soft-surface equestrian trail, and new signals and street lighting.
The City and County of Denver prepared a Reevaluation of an earlier 2011 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment (EA), which was approved by CDOT and FHWA in June 2017. Following a public review and comment period, CDOT and FHWA may conclude the NEPA process with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Upon approval of the FONSI, final design will be completed and permits secured. Construction would take place in 2018.
The City and County of Denver is initiating the next phase of planning and design of improvements to Quebec Street between East 13th Avenue and East 26th Avenue. These improvements will provide much-needed mobility, safety, and multimodal connections to this vital north-south corridor.
Following the Quebec Alternatives Analysis finalized in 2015, Denver Public Works is beginning the NEPA environmental review process and preliminary design for Quebec Street improvements. This phase is expected to conclude in 2019, with the final design to follow. Construction on any improvements that are cleared through the environmental review process would not begin until 2022-23.
As part of the SH 30 Hampden/Havana Pedestrian Safety Connections Improvements Project, Denver and CDOT are adding sidewalks, enhanced landscaping and other amenities to enhance the pedestrian environment along Hampden Avenue and Havana Street, from approximately Dayton Street to Dartmouth Avenue.
Construction began in Fall 2016 and is expected to be complete in Fall 2017.
Go Speer Leetsdale will examine transportation connectivity and operational needs for all modes of travel within the Speer/Leetsdale Corridor, a prominent travel route for Denver residents and one piece of larger travel movement conecting people to I-25 to the west and to I-225 to the southeast. The corridor is roughly defined by Broadway to the west and Mississippi Avenue to the east; it also considers connections approximately a half mile in either direction of Speer/Leetsdale to the north and south.
The City and County of Denver's planned improvements along South Broadway corridor and at the I-25 Interchange aim to create a corridor that provides safe and efficient mobility for all transportation modes (pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile); promote transit-oriented development; and to accommodate the existing, future and planned developments along the South Broadway corridor.
Current projects include:
The Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan identifies W. 13th Avenue as a transformative project to better connect Sun Valley, the Decatur-Federal Station, adjacent neighborhoods and downtown. Public Works is studying the technical feasibility of realignment alternatives.
Washington Street was identified in the Globeville Neighborhood Plan as “an attractive corridor that creates a positive sense of place, attracts private reinvestment, and better accommodates all transportation modes.” The Washington Street Study will refine and progress this vision of Washington Street into an implementable conceptual design.
The Walnut Street Corridor Improvement project, headed by Denver Public Works and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) will begin to organize the street to better accommodate pedestrians and parking between Broadway and 36th Street. Phase I improvements will be made in Summer 2017. Following these enhancements, the city will begin a study of the entire roadway to determine long-term needs along this changing corridor.
These plans drive the development of transportation and mobility projects in the City and County of Denver.