The Colorado Center Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge will provide greatly needed improved pedestrian and bicycle access over Interstate 25 in the vicinity of Colorado Boulevard and East Evans Avenue in Denver. The bridge, an arch‐type structure with access ramps on each end, will span I-25, landing at Cherry Street to the north and RTD’s Colorado Station (light rail transit) to the south.
- The bridge, when completed, will increase multimodal connectivity between the Colorado Station, which boasts 5600 boardings and arrivals every day, and adjacent neighborhoods, the Denver bicycle route network, and employment and retail centers. User surveys show that 2% of RTD’s ridership is bike‐on‐transit and 43% of the riders walk to transit. RTD included the following in a statement of support for the bridge: “The proposed pedestrian bridge over I-25 connecting to RTD’s Colorado Station will provide our riders with significantly improved accessibility and convenience, both of which are priorities for RTD.”
Read the statement of support from RTD, as well as a letter of support for the project and its design from the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities,
- The need for pedestrians and bicyclists to safely and conveniently cross I‐25 and to access the Colorado Station has been identified in five different plans in the last 12 years. The bridge need was first identified in 1999 during the planning of the I-25 expansion and Southeast Corridor LRT project known as T‐REX, and was confirmed as recently as 2008 in the Denver’s Strategic Transportation Plan, a plan that set a direction for Denver as a livable city with a multimodal transportation system. The tenets of this multimodal system, including dependable transit options, safe pedestrian linkages, a comprehensive bicycle system, and efficient and well‐maintained infrastructure are key elements of the Colorado Center Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge.