56th Avenue Travel & Safety Improvements: Peoria St to Peña Blvd

Project Overview

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, Denver's Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI), with contractor partner Ames Construction, will begin travel and safety improvements on East 56th Avenue from Peoria Street to Peña Boulevard to help safely move more people whether they’re in a car, on a bike, on foot or taking transit.

The project will incorporate the following enhancements along this highly-traveled stretch of East 56th Avenue:

  • Widen the roadway from one to at least two travel lanes in each direction to ease vehicle congestion
  • Add a new median to separate eastbound and westbound vehicle traffic and to carve out a safe place for pedestrians to stop in the middle of the street before continuing to cross
  • Install new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings all being ADA compliant
  • Build a new multi-use path along the north side of E. 56th Avenue for pedestrians and bikes, providing better connections to neighborhood bike lanes and to the trail system at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Improve drainage along 56th Avenue and Uvalda Street

56th Avenue serves as a major east-west regional thoroughfare and a major connection to Denver International Airport (DEN) and the Montbello and Parkfield neighborhoods.  Construction is expected to begin Summer 2022.


Project Goals

The goals of this project include:

EQUITY

  • New multi-use path along the north side for better connections to neighborhood bike lanes and the trail system at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Overhead electrical lines will be relocated underground
  • Additional street lighting throughout the corridor
  • Connect 56th Avenue seamlessly with the Peña Boulevard interchange project

MOBILITY 

  • Improve mobility and capacity along the thoroughfare
  • Additional lane in each direction and turn lanes with more vehicle storage
  • Meet ADA requirements on all new sidewalks and pedestrian crossings at all intersections
  • New multi-use path provides access to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal existing trailheads
  • Establish 56th Avenue as a gateway to the Montbello and Parkfield neighborhoods
  • Intersections and median facilitate “Right in, Right out” turns reducing backups

SAFETY

  • New median separates oncoming traffic and reduces turning conflicts
  • Enhance safety for people who walk, bike, and drive
  • New and “smart” signals provide safer crossings with pedestrian push buttons and appropriate timing to cross
  • Revise the intersection turning movements and improve access throughout the corridor to enhance multi-modal safety

March 2022 Virtual Community Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the virtual community meeting on March 16, 2022 to learn more about the 56th Avenue Travel & Safety Improvements Project and the Uvalda Street Design, Safety, and Mobility Improvement Project.

If you were unable to attend, a meeting presentation can be viewed below.

Meeting Presentation(PDF, 7MB)

November 2020 Virtual Open House Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the virtual open house on November 17, 2020 to learn more about the 56th Avenue Travel and Safety Improvements Project and the Green Valley Ranch Boulevard Project. DOTI enjoyed sharing information with the community and hearing what's important to the neighborhood. 

If you were unable to attend the virtual open house, please visit our virtual platform to view the meeting recording, review project information presented at the meeting and submit any questions, comments or general feedback to the project team.

You can also refer to this meeting summary(PDF, 150KB) for an overview of some of the meeting's highlights and main discussion topics.


Project Map

Map for 56th Avenue Widening project area


What It Will Look Like

Aerial view of the completed 56th Avenue improvements at Uvalda Street


Aerial view of the completed 56th Avenue improvements at Uvalda Street