Denver Celebrates Completed Broadway Multimodal Improvements

Published on April 06, 2024

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Denver Celebrates Broadway Multimodal Improvements and Announces Transportation Policy Focus on People

DENVER – Today, representatives of the City and County of Denver, Colorado Department of Transportation and the city’s bicycling and business communities celebrated completion of multimodal improvements on Broadway from 7th to Center avenues that increase safety for pedestrians and provide dedicated space for people to bike and scooter along the corridor.  The group that was gathered rode down Broadway together and spent the day enjoying deals from participating businesses. Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) also announced two new policies, outlining its priorities for moving people safely and efficiently in the city (below).

“These changes we’ve made on Broadway demonstrate the direction we’re headed to deliver on our community’s vision for a world class transportation system in Denver,” said Amy Ford, Executive Director of Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI). “We celebrate these achievements, as we solidify two new policies that underscore our department’s commitment to prioritizing people over personal vehicles and realizing mode-shift.”

The Broadway Multimodal Improvement Project upgraded pedestrian ramps, added infrastructure to shorten crossing distances for people on foot and upgraded traffic signals with lights positioned over each vehicle travel lane to make stops more apparent to drivers.  It made drainage improvements and added a premiere bicycle facility that incorporates two-way travel along a 1.5-mile stretch of Broadway. Concrete curbing and a row of parking separate the bikeway from the vehicle travel lanes.

"The transformation of Broadway is an exciting example of how a major arterial can become a truly multimodal street, so that everyone has safe, direct access to all the great destinations on this corridor regardless of whether they are walking, biking, taking transit, or driving,” said Jill Locantore, Executive Director of the Denver Streets Partnership. “Today we are celebrating an important milestone in the evolution of Denver's street network to better meet community needs, and we're looking forward to celebrating similar transformations of other Denver arterials in the future.

Collaboration with community and businesses was a key component in evaluating a bikeway for Broadway and installing the infrastructure improvements.

"Our businesses are looking forward to the increased foot and cyclist traffic that the Broadway bike lane will bring, and are excited that it’s complete,” said Luke Johnson, President of the Broadway Merchants Association. “Renovated crosswalks and traffic signals mark a new era of inclusive multimodal transportation on the corridor and as population density increases, cyclist and pedestrian-friendly streets like Broadway will work to reduce emissions and traffic congestion as the greater Denver area grows into what I believe will be the most desirable city in the Western U.S."

Denver contracted with Hamon Infrastructure to deliver the $14.7M improvement project using a combination of voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond funding and a $9.6M grant from Safer Main Streets Initiative in collaboration with CDOT and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG).

“We are grateful to Denver voters and to CDOT for recognizing that safety improvements were needed on Broadway,” said Denver District 7 City Councilwoman Flor Alvidrez. “By providing better travel options for our residents, we enhance quality of life and add to the economic vitality of the area as we improve access to merchants on the corridor.”

Eight whimsical new artworks were also added to the Denver Public Art collection as part of the improvement project. The installations by Jamie Pawlus along Broadway between 5th and Bayaud avenues were funded through Denver’s 1% for Public Art Ordinance, which directs 1% of any municipal capital improvement project budget to be used for the creation of new public art. The site-specific installations, titled “Happiness,” “I See Neon Lights,” “Mood,” “Signs of Life,” “Somebody/Nobody,” “The Good Point,” “Understanding” and “Understood,” lead viewers along the corridor and inspire moments of contemplation and humor, underscoring the connection between passersby and the spaces they are inhabiting in the moment.

About the Elevate Denver Bond:

The Elevate Denver General Obligation (GO) Bond is a $937 million GO bond program approved by voters in 2017. With nearly 500 projects, it enhances the City and County of Denver by maintaining, repairing, and building critical infrastructure. Elevate Denver contributed more than $7.5 million for design and construction of the Broadway Multimodal Improvement Project. To learn more about the progress being made on transportation and mobility, parks and recreation, public safety, libraries, housing and shelter, and cultural and public facilities projects across the city, view the Denver GO Bond annual reports for Elevate Denver and RISE Denver. Visit denvergov.org/elevatedenver for more information about the Elevate Denver bond program.

DOTI Policy Mode Shift(PDF, 309KB)

DOTI Policy Prioritizing People(PDF, 321KB)