The transportation system within northeast downtown Denver is a complex transportation network that is designed to serve both local and regional travel demand. The Northeast Downtown Neighborhoods Plan (NDNP) identified transportation improvements that are intended to improve the area’s multimodal mobility in context to neighborhood connectivity and the greater transportation system. The NDNP was developed through a series of public involvement activities that began in 2010 and the final study was completed in May 2011.
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The purpose of the Next Steps Study is to prioritize the transportation infrastructure projects recommended in the NDNP study and identify implementation strategies for projects that are feasible and/or appropriate. The study will be performed in three (3) key phases through the end of 2014. A final report identifying the possible implementation strategies for each project was completed in 2015.
The first phase will be to prioritize the transportation infrastructure projects identified in the NDNP study with the assistance of a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and input from the public. The TAC includes a representative from the City Council Districts 8 and 9, business groups, and registered neighborhood organizations that are within the study area boundary, which was established in the NDNP.
TAC members will be asked to participate in approximately five (5) meetings over the next six (6) months to assist in the process of prioritizing projects from the previously identified in the NDNP for possible implementation. This will begin with developing a set of criteria based on the goals established in the NDNP and will be followed by applying the criteria to the project list and developing a prioritized list of projects. Similar to the development of the goals and identification of projects during the NDNP study, TAC members will be encouraged to approach the prioritization process from the broader transportation network perspective that is based on the transportation connectivity needs within and surrounding the study area.
The public will also be asked to provide input on the criteria and prioritization process that the TAC is helping facilitate. Project materials will be made available on the study’s website and at public meetings held by the Regional Transportation District’s Central Rail Extension Mobility Study, which encompasses a similar study area. While the studies are separate, they are being performed in coordination, which provides the opportunity to gain input from the broader public that is not directly associated with the members on the TAC.
Once the prioritized project list has been developed, the City will begin to identify implementation strategies for each project that is feasible and/or appropriate. This will include performing more detailed engineering analyses on each project (as appropriate) and the potential cost, possible funding sources, and implementation timeframe.
Based on the project prioritization list developed with the assistance of the TAC and the more detailed conceptual level engineering analyses that was performed (phases I and II), a final report identifying the possible implementation strategies for each project was completed.