As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which voters approved in 2017 to help make our streets safer and more efficient for everyone, Denver's Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, or DOTI, will make several improvements along 56th Avenue from Peoria Street to Pena Boulevard to help move more people, safely, whether they’re in a car, on a bike, on foot or taking transit. The project, which is still in the design stages, will incorporate the following enhancements along this highly-traveled stretch of 56th Avenue:
- Widen the roadway from one to two travel lanes in each direction to ease vehicle congestion
- Add a new concrete median to separate eastbound and westbound vehicle traffic and to carve out a safe place pedestrians can stop in the middle of the street, if needed, before continuing to cross
- Install new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings
- Build a new multi-use path along the north side of 56th Avenue for pedestrians and people on bikes, which will provide better connections to neighborhood bike lanes and to the trail system at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
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 late Summer/early Fall 2021.
Read more about the 56th Avenue Widening Project