Far Northeast Neighborhood Next Steps Study

Project Background

The Far Northeast area of the City of Denver includes the Montbello, Gateway-Green Valley Ranch, and Denver International Airport neighborhoods. Originally designed as a car-centric suburban community, the area has significant gaps in sidewalk, bicycle facility, and transit access.

The purpose of the Far Northeast Area Next Steps Study is to create a plan to implement projects that will help address these gaps and improve overall mobility and connectivity for the community. The study will identify transportation improvement projects and an implementation strategy that will be prioritized for near-term and long-term completion.

This Study builds off of the Far Northeast Area Plan, approved by Denver City Council in 2019.

Study Outcomes

  1. Develop an implementation plan that examines specific multimodal solutions for neighborhood plan recommendations
  2. Prioritize projects that close gaps in the Far Northeast multimodal transportation networks, increase pedestrian safety, and improve regional connectivity
  3. Identify funding scenarios/opportunities for future transportation project implementation
  4. Coordinate with ongoing infrastructure efforts and projects to identify a system of infrastructure needs  

Goals for Projects in this Area

  • A connected, navigable future street network
  • One or more transit speed & reliability corridors through the center of the study area, as well as north-south connections on arterial streets and better access to rail stations
  • Improved intersections that reduce crashes and work better for all modes
  • Pedestrian and bike networks that complete the gaps between existing facilities and connect people to major destinations within Far Northeast
  • Freight traffic limited to major roads
  • Streets prioritized for the modes they are designed/redesigned to serve
  • Improved connectivity and access to the region

Project Fact Sheet(PDF, 607KB)

Project Area Map

Far Northeast Neighborhoods Next Steps Study area map including Montbello, Green Valley Ranch, Gateway and DIA neighborhoods

Study Timeline

Far NE Area Next Steps Study Timeline


Related Projects

56th Avenue Widening: Peoria Street to Peña Boulevard

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

Green Valley Ranch Boulevard Project

Improvements along Green Valley Ranch Boulevard, between Chambers and Tower roads, are in the works for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. The City and County of Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is in the design phase of a project that will beautify and provide additional bicycle and pedestrian mobility along this 2-mile corridor in eastern Denver.

Learn more about the Green Valley Ranch Boulevard Project

Peoria Street Multimodal Improvements

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will redesign Peoria Street to add multimodal connectivity from E 37th Avenue to E 56th Avenue and address safety concerns at several intersections. The first phase will provide new sidewalk and a multi-use path where there are currently sidewalk gaps immediately north and south of planned improvements by CDOT at Interstate 70. In the second phase of the project, the city will design a pedestrian and bike path on the east side of the roadway on Peoria, improved sidewalk on the west side of the roadway, and safer crossings at certain intersections to provide improved north-south multimodal connection for the Montbello neighborhood. 

Read more about plans for the Peoria corridor and how to stay updated

Montbello Safer Streets

In the 2019 adopted Northeast Area Plan, the Montbello community called for streets to be connected, safe, and equitable. This year, Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is designing changes to four streets in Montbello to provide greater safety and mobility options in the neighborhood.

Project Focus

  • Safety: Reducing speeding and making crashes less likely
  • Equity: Serving all neighborhoods
  • Mobility: Providing comfortable options when not driving
  • Healthy: Creating better ways to get around actively and get to local parks, recreation centers, schools, and amenities

Read more about the Montbello Safer Streets project

Irondale Gulch Outfall Systems Plan

The Irondale Gulch watershed upstream of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) is an approximately 12 square miles and is located in the City and County of Denver and City of Aurora. The watershed is a combination of commercial, industrial, and residential, and is approximately 75% developed with future opportunities for development along Pena Blvd. on the southwest side of the watershed. The watershed includes a number of tributaries which primarily drain the Montbello neighborhood, but also drain portions of Green Valley Ranch, Stapleton, and northern Aurora. The drainageways include Montbello Drainage, Montbello Tributary, Bolling Dr. Tributary, Maxwell Tributary, Tower Outfall, and numerous smaller tributaries.

Read more about the Irondale Gulch Outfall Systems Plan

Montbello Connector Microtransit Pilot

In September 2020, the City and County of Denver initiated a planning study to discover where a neighborhood transit service should be operated to serve community needs and improve mobility for its residents.  Following on lessons learned from Denver’s City Shuttle Microtransit Pilot with Chariot in 2018, the local neighborhood transit service will be defined from extensive input and data gathered from the community.  Understanding where our residents want to go and at what times will be critical in any successful follow-up pilot.

Learn more about the Montbello Connector Microtransit Pilot

Coordinated Bike Lane Striping & Installation

Annually, DOTI efficiently coordinates the installation of bikeways recommended in the Denver Moves: Bicycles Program with annual paving activities.

DOTI intends to implement bike lanes in coordination with street repaving efforts, which are scheduled to occur between April and October 2021. See the “NE Denver Mobility Projects” for more information on projects in the Far Northeast area.

Coordinated Bike Lane Striping & Installation