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Stretch of Bannock to Temporarily Close

DENVER – Every summer, multiple events draw crowds to the area around Civic Center Park. This year, to avoid repeated openings and closings of Bannock Street to accommodate these events, Denver Public Works will temporarily close Bannock Street from Colfax to 14th Avenues from August 25 through October 1 to provide more consistency to the travelling public.

While Bannock is closed, Denver Public Works will test a new traffic configuration on 14th Street that maintains left and right turn lanes onto Colfax, but with better signage and fewer barricades to reduce confusion for drivers.

Denver Public Works’ Transportation and Mobility Division will also study this section of Bannock as a pedestrian-friendly downtown plaza.

“During the closure, we will look at how people are navigating through and around Civic Center in cars, on foot and on bikes,” said Crissy Fanganello, Director of Transportation and Mobility. “We’ll evaluate how the stretch is operating from a safety and mobility perspective and see if we are doing all we can to accommodate community demand for this space while we keep people moving.”

This block of Bannock from 14th Avenue to Colfax Avenue sees frequent short-term closures for special events, as it offers a plaza area that complements activities in adjacent Civic Center Park. Events coming up in Civic Center Park and along Bannock in late August and September include:

  • August 27: BrunchFEST  
  • August 30 September 5: Taste of Colorado
  • September 9-11: Fiestas Patrias
  • September 12: Department of Environmental Health’s Electric Car Campaign September 18-29: U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon & Panasonic Smart Cities Initiative
  • September 20 & 27: Denver Botanic Gardens Farmer’s Market
  • September 30-October 1: Hot Chocolate Run

Check out the Denver special events calendar.

“During the summer months, this coveted stretch of Bannock is scheduled for event-related street closures nearly every weekend,” said Katy Strascina, Executive Director of Denver’s Office of Special Events. “This project will alleviate driver confusion in this high-frequency closure area, and will provide a temporary place for both scheduled events and other community gatherings.”  

Bannock bike lane closures

There will be occasions during the five-week period when the Bannock bike lane will close to accommodate larger special events, specifically:

  • A Taste of Colorado: Wednesday, August 30, at 9:00am to Tuesday, September 5, at 6:00am
  • Fiesta Patrias:  Saturday, September 9, at 12:00am to Monday, September 11, at 6:00am
  • Hot Chocolate Run: Saturday, September 30, at 6:00 am to Sunday, October 1, at 6:00pm 

This Bannock Street study supports the goals of Denver’s new Mobility Action Plan to provide a safe and reliable transportation system, prioritizing people and the quality of the places where they live, work and play.