Why was this 2-way project completed?
This part of northeast Denver had long been dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. The current site is in what the city calls a High Injury Network (HIN). These are a network of streets that represent only 5% of Denver's roads, but are responsible for 50% of traffic deaths! To promote better pedestrian safety and flow of traffic, Downing St. and N. Marion St. were converted to two-way streets and a new network of signalized lights, sidewalks were installed and extend neighborhood bike routes as recommended in the 38th and Blake Station Area Plan .
What is the community benefit?
Although there was a short-term inconvenience of construction and new traffic patterns, this is a long-term investment in the safety of our residents. This site has the highest rates of pedestrian vulnerability, above average rates of seniors without cars, highest level of vulnerability for children to experience a traffic accident, higher than average concentrations of people with disabilities, highest rate of streets with health concerns, and the highest rate of safety concerns. This project addressed each of those concerning factors, making it a safer place for everyone – especially our most vulnerable neighbors.
Below is a recap of Phases 1-4 of this project:
Phase 2 — Late January to Late February 2021
Phase 1: 11/30 – 12/31
Contact - City and County of Denver
Karen Good, Project Manager
Department of Transportation & Infrastructure