16th Street Mall Improvement Project
The 16th Street Mall Project is a strategic and coordinated effort to steward the Mall and secure its future success with a design to address deteriorating infrastructure, provide equitable and sufficient space for high-quality public gathering opportunities, improve pedestrian and vehicle safety, and continue the reliable two-way transitway.
This project will widen 56th Avenue between Peoria Street and Peña Boulevard into a four-lane divided multimodal roadway to improve safety and enhance transit services. It also completes the multiuse bike and pedestrian trail between Peoria Street and Peña Boulevard with connections to neighborhood bike paths and the Arsenal trail system. These improvements are expected to decrease congestion and significantly reduce crashes along the corridor.
47th and York Bike Pedestrian Bridge
After extensive studies and community input, the 47th and York Bike Pedestrian Bridge was constructed over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods. Previously, frequent trains caused both delays and dangerous crossings for residents getting to and from their destination. The bridge brings critical mobility improvements and pedestrian connectivity to these neighborhoods.
Citywide Sidewalk Construction
As part of Denver’s larger citywide sidewalk program, the Citywide Sidewalk Gap program will improve pedestrian infrastructure in neighborhoods with missing sidewalks around the city, creating a safer walking, running and multi-modal environment. New locations will be constructed in accordance with the Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails plan, focusing on and near streets with high levels of crashes (the City’s Vision Zero High Injury Network), filling in gaps near transit connections, and creating new connections to important community destinations, such as schools, parks and grocery stores. This program will be phased throughout the bond’s lifetime.
Citywide Bike Infrastructure
Denver is improving its roadways to move more people safely and efficiently through the city, and is working to complete networks that offer people more options to get around town in ways that meet their day-to-day needs. As part of this effort, Denver is accelerating implementation of its citywide bike plan, Denver Moves: Bikes. This project will devote $18 million to installing new bikeways over the next five years. Installation is being phased throughout the bond’s lifetime.
Park Avenue Bridge
- The Park Avenue Bridge is a major gateway to downtown Denver and Coors Field. The first phase of this effort to preserve and extend the life of the bridge was an emergency bearing replacement project completed in August 2019.
- Construction is now underway for phases II/III of the project (these phases were consolidated in a single contract) include expansion joint replacement, deck repairs, signal replacement, asphalt overlay, concrete repair, and painting of the steel girders and handrails. Extensive coordination with UPRR, BNSF, and RTD is required. This includes a “bus bridge” for RTD on the gold line and flagging. Work will occur only Oct-March to avoid interfering with Coors Field traffic for Rockies games.
- Phase IV work items (not included in the Elevate Bond program) will address the Delgany and Wewatta portions of the viaduct.
- Lane closures will vary and be phased to limit traffic impacts, although construction activities may not necessarily be visible from the roadway.
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Broadway Corridor Multimodal Improvements
This project repurposes existing city right-of-way with multimodal improvements to prioritize the movement of people for safety and economic benefits. It includes design and construction of a two-way protected bike lane, traffic signal and curb ramp reconstruction, transitway and bus stop enhancements, on-street parking and loading zones, and ways to incorporate transportation network companies (taxi and rideshare operators).
Deferred Maintenance - Paving
This citywide program focuses on arterial and collector road repaving and curb and gutter improvements. This project ensures that neighborhoods across the city will see major asphalt paving and concrete work occur, fixing potholes, improving traffic flow, and reducing wear and tear on vehicles. Along with addressing hundreds of lane miles of paving needs on arterial and collector streets, the repaving effort will be phased to coordinate with other major projects such as utility work, multimodal improvements or other bicycle route expansion projects.
Deferred Maintenance - Bridges
This citywide program includes major bridge replacement and rehabilitation. Some of the bridges we drive across every day need to be repaired or replaced. This project will repair and replace aging bridges to ensure they are safe for decades to come.
This portion of the program includes eight bridges. Those currently under construction or completed are Park Ave (under construction) and 14th Avenue over Cherry Creek (completed). The other bridge projects in various levels of development are: Speer over Little Raven, Speer over Platte, Quebec over Airlawn, Monaco over Cherry Creek, 8th Avenue Viaduct, and Smith Road over Quebec.
Globeville Elyria-Swansea Pedestrian Connectivity Improvements
The Globeville and Elyria-Swansea neighborhoods lack basic pedestrian and mobility infrastructure, including sidewalks, curb and gutter, ADA ramps and bicycle facilities. The current fragmented sidewalk network leaves significant gaps and creates unsafe routes for residents, children and employees.
These improvements include new construction of sidewalk, crosswalk, curb and gutter, and bicycle facilities. Improvements will focus on key access and connectivity to schools, libraries, community services and transit (bus stops and rail stations). In certain locations, improvements may include stormwater and drainage improvements.
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Yale Station Pedestrian Safety
Pedestrian access to the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Yale Station from the residential neighborhood to its south was limited and the heavy traffic on Yale Avenue made it difficult for bus drivers to turn onto the access road to the station. This project, completed in December 2020, addresses both these problems.
Buchtel & Colorado Blvd Intersection Improvements
This project includes converting Buchtel Boulevard from University Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard into a more complete street and improving four intersections along University and Colorado. This project consists of protected bike lanes, bicycle and pedestrian crossings, enhanced lighting, wayfinding, and major intersection realignment and reconstruction. The project also includes bicycle and pedestrian improvements to connect to the Colorado Station bicycle and pedestrian bridge, as identified on Denver Moves Bicycles.
8th Avenue Over Platte Bridge Reconstruction
This project includes the removal and replacement of the existing aging 8th Avenue Bridge over the South Platte River. The replacement structure will include increased lane width to alleviate rapid vehicular lane shifting and added multiuse sidewalks.
Alameda Ave. Underpass Replacement
The existing Alameda Avenue underpass was built in 1910 with rail bridges crossing over Alameda. This is a critical east/west connection for vehicles and pedestrians with the nearest grade-separated rail line crossings at Mississippi Avenue and 6th Avenue. This project will stabilize the structure and make ADA improvements. The project will include a new grade-separated, ADA-compliant sidewalk/multiuse path along the north side of Alameda. The project will stabilize deteriorating wall sections. Even with this work, the entire underpass will need replacement in the future as part of a future bond program or other significant funding opportunity.
Colfax Corridor Improvements
The Colfax BRT project is currently in the preliminary engineering and design phase to identify transit and other multimodal improvements within the East Colfax travel corridor. The corridor is roughly bounded by I-25 and I-225 to the west and east, respectively, and by 12th Avenue and 20th Avenue on the south and north.
Auraria Campus houses the University of Colorado Denver, Community College of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver. The sidewalks along the Larimer Street bridge over Cherry Creek are narrow and do not support the high volume of pedestrian traffic that regularly uses Larimer Street to connect between downtown Denver and the campus. This project will improve the pedestrian experience and safety on Larimer Street between 14th Street and the Auraria Campus. It includes full reconstruction of the bridge over Cherry Creek to accommodate a larger pedestrian and amenity zone. It will address the non-ADA-compliant ramps at the bridge approach and at two Larimer Street and Speer Boulevard intersections, resolve a problematic drainage issue, and relocate signal system infrastructure. Additional improvements include landscaping and mobility enhancements.
Hampden Corridor Multimodal Improvements
This project brings improvements including high-visibility crosswalks, pedestrian signage, median refuges, signalization improvements and transit amenities. This suite of pedestrian improvements will serve as the foundation for future corridor transformation. There is broad support for infrastructure that transforms the function of this corridor from the community and elected officials. The project is divided into two phases. Phase I includes improvements currently being constructed by CDOT. This includes Hampden Avenue pedestrian improvements, as well as pedestrian crossing improvements. Phase I also includes the installation of a signalized pedestrian crossing at the Hampden/Verbena intersection. Phase II constructs additional improvements identified in the Hampden Avenue Corridor Study completed in 2021.
West Jewell Avenue Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge
This project includes design and construction of a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that spans US-85/Santa Fe Drive and the southwest rail system. It provides critical regional bike and pedestrian trail linkage and east-west connectivity between transportation and recreational resources. Neighborhoods to the east (Overland, Platte Park, Rosedale, University, Washington Park) will have access to the South Platte River Trail/Ruby Hill Park and neighborhoods to the west (Overland, Ruby Hill, College View and southwest Denver) will have access to the RTD Evans Station.
W. 13th Avenue Multimodal Reconstruction
The W 13th Avenue reconstruction project will support the redevelopment of Sun Valley, particularly by advancing the reconstruction of 13th Avenue and other improvements to connect Sun Valley to Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, provide safe and convenient routes/facilities for all modes, support community vitality, enhance 13th Avenue, complete Bryant St between 12th and 13th Avenue, and Holden Place as green connections to parks and trails, support economic development, and allow for the timely completion of DHA’s revitalization/reconstruction of the neighborhood.
West Colfax Transit Enhancements
West Colfax Avenue has 6,000 weekday RTD transit riders, two elementary schools and redevelopments adding residential and business density. This project will improve pedestrian crossings and transit efficiency/reliability. In coordination with RTD, Denver has identified locations to enhance transit operations with elements that may include bus bulb-outs, transit bypass lanes and traffic signal/bus stop modifications. The project was awarded additional funding by the Colorado Department of Transportation through its Safer Main Streets program which will allow it to address all the cross streets within the project limits which are Irving to Sheridan.
Washington Street Reconstruction
Washington Street serves as the entrance to the National Western Center, connection to I-70 and Brighton Boulevard and the 38th & Blake Station, a link to Adams County and main street to the Globeville Neighborhood. This project includes full roadway reconstruction of Washington Street from 47th Avenue to the City and County of Denver line at 52nd Avenue. Elements include improvements supporting pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and utility work required as a part of reconstruction. Acquisition of additional right-of-way is anticipated.
Central Street Promenade
Serving as a key community connection and gateway to the Highland neighborhood, the Central Street Promenade project will complete the corridor’s vision of streetscape enhancements along the southeast side of Central Street between 15th Street and 19th Street. The project seeks to improve the overall health, wellness, and livability of Central Street and the Highland neighborhood through functional and aesthetic improvements. Meaningful community and stakeholder feedback is being collected at each phase of the project to ensure Central Street continues to be an asset for the area.
Federal Boulevard Pedestrian Improvements
This project will design and construct improvements within one block of Federal Boulevard between W 23rd and W 27th avenues. The project is to address:
- Uncomfortable and dangerous crossings for pedestrians at both controlled and uncontrolled intersections
- Inconsistent pedestrian lighting
- Poor bus stop amenities/locations
- Speeding vehicles
- Limited Business Improvement District pedestrian amenities
- A car-centric environment in a high pedestrian use area.
This project has received additional funds from the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Safer Main Street program which will allow it to address each of the intersections between W 23rd and W 27th avenues.
High Line Canal Connections
The current High Line Canal alignment requires trail users to cross an undersized bridge sidewalk and at-grade crossing of Yale Avenue. This project will construct a new grade-separated underpass for the High Line Canal trail at Yale Avenue, just west of Holly Street. Improvements for this crossing were identified by Arapahoe County in the 2014 Feasibility Study for High Line Canal Crossings. Separate High Line Canal underpass projects that are not within the Elevate Bond program are also being done at Mississippi Avenue/Parker Road and Colorado Boulevard/Hampden Avenue.
Morrison Road Improvements
Morrison Road is the main corridor for the Westwood neighborhood. The purpose of the Morrison Road Improvement project is to reconstruct the right-of-way on Morrison Road between Perry Street and Nevada Avenue and perform intersection improvements at Ohio, Wolff, and Yates to improve pedestrian safety, bring these areas to City and ADA standards, and reduce traffic speed in order to improve the health, sustainability and economic vitality of the corridor.
Yale Avenue Improvements (I-25 to Quebec)
While the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure was identifying potential projects that will improve conditions for everyone who walks, bikes, takes transit and drives, Yale Avenue stood out to the Hampden and Goldsmith neighborhoods. With the project, Elevate Denver will install intersection and capacity improvements, make sidewalk improvements, put up new traffic signals and make on-street bike lane improvements.