New Sidewalk Construction

The City and County of Denver is currently working to address essential missing links in its sidewalk network to help people get where they want to go more safely and easily.

With over 300 miles of sidewalk gaps in the City, the current program is focusing on high priority connections nearest transit stops. Additional sidewalk gaps prioritized for construction are locations that provide access to transit, schools, grocery stores, and parks, as well as along high-injury corridors.

The goals of the Sidewalk Gap Program were identified with community input in the Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails Master Plan and aim to improve accessibility, connectivity, access to destinations, equity, health, and safety for the walking and rolling public.

The Sidewalk Gap Program is funded primarily by Elevate Denver Bond dollars approved by voters in November 2017. The bond included $47.7 million to fill existing gaps in the sidewalk network, with $17 million specifically earmarked for the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.

Graphic of Denver's Sidewalk Gap Program selection criteria

What To Expect

Sidewalk Construction Work Plan

Here is a list of locations where Denver is planning to build sidewalks. This list is weather dependent and subject to change.

Barnum

  • North and south sides of W. 3rd Avenue from the alley west of Federal Boulevard to Grove Street
  • 260 Grove Street to W. 3rd Avenue
  • 265 Hooker Street to 3190 W. 3rd Avenue
  • South side of W. 3rd Avenue from Hazel Court to Hooker Street
  • South side of W. 3rd Avenue from the alley west of Grove Street to Hazel Court 

Bellevue-Hale

  • Lindsley Park: South side of E. 12th Avenue from Cherry Street to Clermont Street; and north side of Hale Parkway from Cherry Street to Clermont Street 

Berkeley

  • North side of W. 47th Avenue from Federal Boulevard to Grove Street
  • South side of W. 45th Avenue from Federal Boulevard to Eliot Street

Central Park

  • South side of E. 26th Avenue between Quebec and Roslyn Streets.
  • South side of Smith Road from Kearney Street to Quebec Street
  • East and west side of Quebec Frontage Road: from Sandown Road to E. 41st Avenue.  

Chafee Park

  • Zuni Park: South side of W. 52nd from Zuni Street to Vallejo Street

Cherry Creek

  • East side of S. University Blvd. between Cherry Creek Drive North and 1st Avenue 

Cherry Creek North

  • West side of S. Colorado Boulevard between E. Alameda and E. Ellsworth Avenues 

Clayton

  • E. 46th Avenue and Broadway
  • E. 40th Avenue and Milwaukee Street 

College View/South Platte

  • S. Federal Blvd. between W. Dartmouth and W. Amherst Avenues
  • S. Federal Blvd. between E. Yale and E. Vassar Avenues
  • S. Federal Blvd. between E. Iliff and E. Warren Avenues
  • W. Dartmouth Avenue between S. Federal Blvd. and S. Decatur Street 

Country Club

  • Traffic island on Downing Street between E. 1st and E. 2nd Avenues

East Colfax

  • North side of E. 11thAvenue between Verbena and Wabash Streets, and between Wabash and Willow Streets
  • North and south sides of Richthofen Place between Wabash and Willow Streets

Elyria Swansea

  • West side of Colorado Boulevard from E. 48th Avenue to E. 52nd Avenue
  • East and west sides of Garfield Street from E. 41st Avenue to E. 42nd Avenue
  • North side of E. 41st Avenue from Garfield Street to Jackson Street
  • Jackson Street from E. 41st Avenue to Railroad
  • Josephine St. and 43rd Avenue
  • Thompson Court and E. 47th Avenue
  • North side of E. 52nd Avenue at Adams Street
  • E. 52nd Avenue and Cook Street
  • Cook Street and E. 51st Street
  • Cook Street and E. 52nd Street

Globeville

  • E. 46th Avenue and Broadway
  • E. 44th Avenue and Sherman Street
  • E. 44th Avenue and Grant Street
  • E. 44th Avenue and Pennsylvania Street: ROW at NE and NW intersections
  • E. 44th Avenue and Pearl Street: ROW at NW Intersection 

Montbello/Central Park

  • East and west sides of Peoria St between 39th and 44th Avenues

Northeast Park Hill

  • East side of Colorado Boulevard from E. 48th Avenue to E. 50th Avenue
  • North side of Smith Road from Kearney Street to Quebec Street

North Park Hill

  • South side of E. 29th Avenue from Dahlia Street to Elm Street
  • North side of E. 29th Avenue from Elm Street to Forest Street 

Polo Club

  • East side of S. University Boulevard between E. Alameda and E. Exposition Avenues

South Park Hill

  • North side of E. 26th Avenue from Holly Street to Kearney Street
  • West side of Kearney Street from E. 25th Avenue to E. 26th Avenue
  • South side of E. 25th Avenue from Jasmine Street to Locust Street
  • North side of E. 23rd Avenue from Jasmine Street to Locust Street
  • South side of E. 23rd Avenue from Leyden Street to Monaco Parkway
  • Southeast and northwest corner of E. 25th Avenue from Jasmine Street to Kearney Street

University Park

  • West side of S. Milwaukee Street between E. Asbury and E. Evans Avenues
  • West Side of S. St. Paul Street between E. Asbury and E. Evans Avenues
  • S. Adams Street between E. Evans and E. Warren Avenues
  • West side of S. Cook Street between E. Asbury and E. Evans Avenues
  • East Side of S. Cook Street between E. Evans and E. Warren Avenues
  • East and west sides of S. Madison Street between E. Asbury and E. Evans Avenues 

University Hills

  • Magna Carta Park: West side of S. Colorado Boulevard from E. Hampden Avenue to E. Girard Avenue 

Virginia Village

  • East side of S. Dahlia Street between Pacific Place and E. Asbury Avenue

West Colfax

  • South side of W. 13th Avenue from Meade Street to Lowell Boulevard

Completed Sidewalk Projects

Here is a list of locations where Denver has completed building sidewalks since 2020.

  • Barnum: Weir Gulch Court (adjacent sidewalk): North side of W. Bayaud Avenue from Utica Street to Stuart Street
  • Bear Valley: Kendall Park (north and south sides of park): W. Kenyon Avenue/W. Kendall Street
  • Central Park: Fred Thomas Park (east side): West sides of Roslyn/Syracuse Street between E. 26th and E 23rd Avenues
  • Clayton: South side of E. Bruce Randolph Avenue from Jackson Street east to the alley.
  • East Colfax: McNichols Park: 17th and Rosemary Connection to Park Loop and 19th and Rosemary Connection to Park Loop
  • Hampden: North and south side of E. Eastman Place from S. Yosemite Street to S. Akron Street.  North side of E. Girard Avenue from Forest Cove Apartments to Boston Court; Boston Court to Chester Court; Chester Court to Clinton Court; and Dallas Court to S. Dayton Street.  (to mid-block)
  • Hampden South: West side of S. Monaco Parkway at Mansfield Avenue 
  • Harvey Park: Harvey Park (north side of park): South side of W. Evans Avenue between S. Tennyson Street and S. Patton Court 
  • Hilltop: Robinson Park (south side): North side of 2nd Avenue between Fairfax and Glencoe Streets.
  • Loretto Heights: East side of S. Lowell Blvd between S. Julian Way and S. Knox Court.
  • Lowry - Lowry Sports Complex: East side of Park Road between Sports and Lowry Boulevards.
  • Park Hill: Several short sidewalk connections across the medians along 17th Avenue, Forest Street, and Monaco Boulevard. Specifically, north-south connections across the 17th Avenue median at Clermont Street and Monaco Boulevard, and east-west connections across Forest Street on the north side of 17th Avenue and across the Monaco Boulevard median on the north side of 17th Avenue.
  • Ruby Hill: Godsman Park (west side): East side of S. Zuni Street between W. Florida and W. Arkansas Avenues
  • Sloan Lake - Hallack Park: North side of park, south side of W. 20th Avenue between Julian and Irving Streets.
  • Sunnyside: South side of W. 47th Avenue from Beach Court east to the alley.
  • University: West side of S. University Blvd. between E. Amherst Avenue and S. University Circle
  • UniversitySouth side of E. Yale Avenue between S. Marion and S. Franklin Streets
  • University Park: East side of S. Steele St. between E. Yale Avenue and Harvard Gulch
  • University Park: West side of S. Clayton St. between E. Yale Avenue and McWilliams Park trail
  • Valverde: West Bar Val Wood Park (east side of park): West side of S. Tejon Street between W. Bayaud and W. Cedar Avenues 
  • Washington Park: North side of E. Alameda Avenue between S. High Street and S. Race Street.

What To Expect Before Construction Begins

Several months before construction, land surveyors will check for potential conflicts between private property lines and sidewalk gap construction. Any special landscaping or hardscape (fences, walls, boulders, etc) in the right-of-way will be noted. 

Several weeks prior to construction, the City project team will contact property owners and residents with a door flyer or by mail to share project information, including the names of project managers and their contact information. Property owners who may have private property impacts will be given advance notice and the City project team will work with them to address structures or plantings that must be moved. There may, on rare occasions, be properties that will require very limited property acquisition in order to install the sidewalk. 

Two days before construction, door hangers will be placed by the construction contractor. Door hangers will contain basic parking and construction information, as well as contact information for the hotline, website, and project manager.  Homeowners are advised to keep their door hangers until construction is complete.  The project team will post regular community updates through the City webpage as sidewalk construction progresses.

What To Expect During Construction

“No Parking” signs will be placed on the street immediately prior to construction and remain for the duration of the project. While street parking will be restricted, the street will remain open as much as possible for cars and pedestrians. Preparing, pouring, and curing a single city block of new sidewalk takes approximately two weeks.

During construction concrete is poured into forms to create the new sidewalk. If required, the asphalt, existing curb, gutter, and immediate sidewalk area may be dug up to allow for construction of new pedestrian ramps. Construction tape and barriers protect the concrete while it cures. Bad weather may delay construction.  Once the concrete cures, the forms are removed, the soil backfilled, and the asphalt is patched.

Typical Attached Sidewalk

graphic of typical attached sidewalk

graphic of landscaping impacts and materials for attached sidewalks

 

Typical Detached Sidewalk

graphic of typical detached sidewalk cross section

graphic of typical detached sidewalk cross section

graphic of landscaping impacts and materials for detached sidewalks

 


Frequently Asked Questions

I have hardscaping in the City right-of-way

If a garden wall, fence or other private property is located within City right-of-way, it may have to be disturbed or removed in order to accommodate construction of the new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. The City is not responsible for replacing fences or other hardscaping installed on City property. 

Additional information

I want to protect my trees, shrubs, and plants in the right-of-way

Construction crews are instructed to keep landscape and tree removals to a minimum and will only disturb what is necessary to install the new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. City project managers will contact homeowners in advance of construction so that, where possible, landscaping can be safely removed by the homeowner for replanting after sidewalk construction is complete. In the case of mature trees, the City Forester may be called upon for additional consultation.

Further information

Who is responsible for maintaining the sidewalk once it is installed?

The adjacent property owner or resident is responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk and the pedestrian ramps adjoining their property. The resident is responsible for clearing the sidewalk and ramps of snow, leaves and debris.

Please see additional information at denvergov.org/snow.

What if I (or a neighbor on my block) am unable to remove snow from the new sidewalk?

The Snow Angels program is an initiative of the City and County of Denver aimed at helping Denver residents in need of assistance shoveling their front sidewalks during the cold winter months.

These can be older active adults, neighbors living with a disability, residents who are temporarily ill, and those physically unable to shovel.

To request the help of a volunteer Snow Angel, submit a form at denvergov.org/snowangels or contact SnowAngels@denvergov.org; 720-913-SNOW (7669).

Can I park on my street during construction?

YES and NO. 24-48 hours before construction begins, the City’s contractor will put up “No Parking” signs on your block. You will not be able to park in the immediate area during construction in order to leave room for construction vehicles, materials and personnel.

However, only the immediate area around the construction site will have restricted parking. Other parts of the street may not be impacted.

Where should I put trash bins out for collection during construction?

If trash, recycling, and compost are picked up in front of your residence, please move your bins across the street and out of the construction area to ensure weekly trash collection. Trash collection will resume on your side of the street once the 'NO PARKING' signs are removed.

What about access to my driveway during construction?

In some cases, part of a driveway or driveway apron may have to be reconstructed to work seamlessly with the new sidewalk, curb, and gutter.  Residents can expect to lose access to their driveways for 3-5 days.  If daily driveway access is essential, the project manager will work with the resident to craft temporary access during construction.