On this page, you’ll find information about major studies, planning efforts, and construction projects currently underway in Denver Public Works.
Denver Parks & Recreation, with Mayor Hancock, other City Officials and community members, broke ground for the Central Denver Recreation Center (CDRC) in November 2015. Construction will continue through Summer 2017.
The new recreation center will include a lap pool and leisure pool, weight and cardio areas, fitness and multi-purpose rooms and more. Construction will include on-site parking, a dog park and the conversion of the east lane of Josephine to a parking lane from Colfax to 16th Avenue.
This pilot program is part of a larger city initiative to meet needs for publicly accessible restrooms in the central part of the City. In addition to mobile restroom facilities that can be moved to serve select activities and areas, the City is also reactivating existing facilities at parks and public sites.
Denver is taking a comprehensive approach to better protecting people and property against flooding while improving water quality and enhancing public spaces. The Platte to Park Hill: Stormwater Systems program is focused in the near-term on the northern neighborhoods of Elyria, Swansea, Cole, Clayton, Skyland, Whittier, Five Points and Northwest Park Hill.
The City began planning this phased effort in Summer 2015 and is now developing design guidelines. Construction of Globeville Landing Outfall is expected to begin in late 2016, with construction of other project elements anticipated to begin in 2018.
Denver is installing a new storm sewer system in the Curtis Park neighborhood to provide 5-year storm protection to residents and businesses in the area and important drainage improvement around RTD’s East Rail Line. Five Points, Whittier, and City Park West neighborhoods are also situated in these drainage basins.
Storm drain construction starts at the South Platte River progressing uphill in 33rd Street, crossing the Downing Street intersection and continuing upstream in Martin Luther King Boulevard from Downing Street to Lafayette Street. Construction is scheduled in several phases, expected to continue through 2018.
The City and County of Denver is currently planning a permanent flood protection stormwater detention facility for the Marston neighborhood in South Denver, to be constructed in the city-owned natural area south of Garrison and Union Park. Denver Public Works and Denver Parks & Recreation are coordinating park redesign and community review.
The City and County of Denver and the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District (UDFCD) are conducting an Outfall System Plan Study of stormwater management in the Montclair watershed. The Montclair drainage basin is over 9 square miles and is divided into the lower portion downstream of Ferril Lake in City Park, and the upper portion upstream of City Park. The current stormwater drainage system needs to be improved in some key areas. The Montclair Basin has been identified as a priority basin for storm drainage improvements and water quality improvement.
Denver Public Works is making the city a more connected place for pedestrians with a new program to construct and improve sidewalks along City parks. The Department received $2.5 million in its budget this year for sidewalk construction and is coordinating with Denver Parks and Recreation on vetting locations, while some of the work got underway in May.
Areas being looked at for new and improved sidewalk connections:
Denver Public Works will convert 19th Avenue and 20th Avenue to provide two-way vehicular travel on both streets through the North Capitol Hill/Uptown area, between approximately Broadway and Park Avenue West. New bicycle facilities will be included on both 19th and 20th Avenues, and Grant and Logan Streets will also be converted to two-way vehicular operation between 18th and 20th Avenues. Construction is expected to begin in 2017.
This project will identify the location and design of a new pedestrian and bike connection between the River North, Curtis Park and Cole neighborhoods and the future Regional Transportation District (RTD) 38th & Blake commuter rail station on the East Rail Line. The bridge will span the railroad tracks to connect Blake Street and Wazee Street between 35th and 36th Streets.
The bridge is scheduled to open in September 2017.
This Denver Public Works transportation study builds off the connectivity recommendations in the Elyria Swansea Neighborhood Plan, adopted in 2015 as part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.
The study team examined multi-modal transportation improvements to 40th Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard, and bike and pedestrian connectivity improvements between the neighborhoods, Bruce Randolph Middle School, the RTD Commuter Rail Station and new development east of Colorado Boulevard in the Park Hill neighborhood.
The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will design and construct critical public infrastructure (e.g. cycle track, sidewalks, curb/gutter, on-street parking and more) on Brighton Boulevard, helping establish Brighton as a gateway to Denver.
Work on the first two segments, from 29th Street to 44th Street, began in Fall 2016 and is expected to continue through the winter of 2017-18. Additional construction along the corridor will be planned in phases to the northern city limits.
The initial vision was developed in 2014, followed by a planning process with stakeholders to determine key elements for the design.
Denver Public Works has completed the design of Phase III improvements to Cherry Creek South Drive to complete a vision for the corridor that began more than 15 years ago. Construction begins in May 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in mid-November 2017.
When completed, the project will improve public safety and provide an enhanced experience for all modes of travel with improved access to the Cherry Creek Trail.
Colfax Corridor Connections is a project that is studying mobility needs and identifying transit and other multimodal improvements, including bicycle, pedestrian and vehicular, 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.
In September 2015, The City and County of Denver launched the Denver Moves Broadway/Lincoln Corridor Study to evaluate new concepts for moving more people, safely, along the corridor between Colfax and I-25.
The second phase of the study began in August 2016, with installation of a two-way protected bikeway on South Broadway from Bayaud to Virigina, to help Denver Public Works evaluate safe travel options for everyone along the corridor. The bikeway is part of a larger Broadway/Lincoln Corridor study that kicked off a year ago with a community-driven process that helped determine the bikeway’s placement.
The Elyria Swansea at York East/West Connectivity Study will focus broadly on improving transportation in the area north of I-70 and south of 49th Avenue, with specific focus on designing a safe pedestrian and bicycle grade-separated crossing at 47th and York.
The study concluded in 2016 and identified a recommended alternative. Design is expected to begin in 2017.
Federal Boulevard is a critical north-south link along the west side of downtown Denver. It is a commercial corridor that is home to some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city. Denver is studying a 9-mile stretch of Federal Blvd within the city limits from Floyd Ave to Columbine Road, looking at multimodal transportation safety and access as well as business and environmental concerns.
The study launched in Spring 2016 and will conclude with recommended implementation plans for projects and funding along the Federal Corridor.
Denver Public Works is preparing improvements to Federal Boulevard between West 5th Avenue and Howard Place to improve safety and operations for multimodal travel. Preliminary design began in 2011, following the vision established in the city's Federal Boulevard Corridor Plan in 1995 and a study of Federal Boulevard between 5th Avenue and Howard Place.
Roadway reconstruction between W 7th Ave and Holden Place is expected to begin in late 2017; additional restriping is planned between 5th and 7th avenues and from Holden to Howard.
This project will provide a continuous multi-use trail bypassing the busy intersection of Hampden Avenue and Colorado Boulevard by building two underpasses beneath these two major arterials. This will improve the connection of the High Line Canal Trail in Denver and neighboring areas, creating a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
A final design is expected to be approved by late 2017. Construction would begin in 2018 or later.
This project will involve a 1.1 mile extension of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) from Havana Street east to Peoria Street within the Stapleton Redevelopment Area. The new roadway will include travel and parking lane changes, multi-use paths for bicycles and pedestrians, a soft-surface equestrian trail, and new signals and street lighting.
The city is currently preparing a reevaluation of an earlier 2011 NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA), which will be sent to CDOT and FHWA for approval. Construction is expected to begin in summer/fall of 2017.
The City and County of Denver is initiating the next phase of planning and design of improvements to Quebec Street between East 13th Avenue and East 26th Avenue. These improvements will provide much-needed mobility, safety, and multimodal connections to this vital north-south corridor.
Following the Quebec Alternatives Analysis finalized in 2015, Denver Public Works is beginning the NEPA environmental review process and preliminary design for Quebec Street improvements. This phase is expected to conclude in mid-2019, with the final design in 2019-2021. Construction would occur in 2021-2022.
As part of the SH 30 Hampden/Havana Pedestrian Safety Connections Improvements Project, Denver and CDOT are proposing to improve pedestrian safety along Hampden Avenue and Havana Street from approximately Dayton Street to Dartmouth Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in Fall 2016.
Go Speer Leetsdale will examine transportation connectivity and operational needs for all modes of travel within the Speer/Leetsdale Corridor, a prominent travel route for Denver residents and one piece of larger travel movement conecting people to I-25 to the west and to I-225 to the southeast. The corridor is roughly defined by Broadway to the west and Mississippi Avenue to the east; it also considers connections approximately a half mile in either direction of Speer/Leetsdale to the north and south.
The City and County of Denver's planned improvements along South Broadway corridor and at the I-25 Interchange aim to create a corridor that provides safe and efficient mobility for all transportation modes (pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile); promote transit-oriented development; and to accommodate the existing, future and planned developments along the South Broadway corridor.
Current projects include:
The Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan identifies W. 13th Avenue as a transformative project to better connect Sun Valley, the Decatur-Federal Station, adjacent neighborhoods and downtown. Public Works is studying the technical feasibility of realignment alternatives.
Washington Street was identified in the Globeville Neighborhood Plan as “an attractive corridor that creates a positive sense of place, attracts private reinvestment, and better accommodates all transportation modes.” The Washington Street Study will refine and progress this vision of Washington Street into an implementable conceptual design.
The Walnut Street Corridor Improvement project, headed by Denver Public Works and the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) will begin to organize the street to better accommodate pedestrians and parking between Broadway and 36th Street. Phase I improvements will be made in Spring/Summer of 2017. Following these enhancements, the city will begin a study of the entire roadway to determine long-term needs along this changing corridor.
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