Reminder: Full Closure of Northbound Speer Blvd on Monday

Published on February 16, 2023

Connecting Auraria project map showing pedestrian bridge, February 20, 2023 Larimer Street bridge closure and vehicle route

Denver – Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) is reminding travelers that, weather permitting, it is closing a stretch of northbound Speer Boulevard downtown between Lawrence Street and Market Street on Monday, February 20 (Presidents’ Day) from 3:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. The closure is needed for the staging and placement of girders for a new bridge being constructed on Larimer Street over Cherry Creek. The 100-foot-long concrete girders will serve as the new bridge’s primary support system and will be set into place with a crane that will arrive onsite before the work begins.

Residents who regularly utilize this stretch are urged to plan ahead and consider an alternate route. People who take northbound Speer will be detoured into downtown via Lawrence Street.  Message boards will be placed along Speer and at other locations to give travelers advance notice.

DOTI is utilizing voter-approved Elevate Denver bonds to replace the 64-year-old bridge and to re-create Larimer Street between 15th Street and Speer Boulevard in a way that makes it more accessible and enjoyable, adding a two-way protected bikeway, 12-foot-wide sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, more seating options, public art and trees (see attached conceptual drawing).  A single travel lane for cars will also be maintained. The project is anticipated to be completed in fall of this year.