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Quebec Street Multimodal Improvement Project

Update: July 25, 2018
Denver launched an environmental review process in September 2017 to assess the impacts of implementing improvements on Quebec Street between East 13th Avenue and East 26th Avenue to improve mobility and safety, reduce congestion and enhance multimodal connectivity.

As the project team continued its analysis and began exploring preliminary design options for the proposed improvements, it was determined that estimated costs to implement the recommendations are well beyond the $23M we have in available funding and no additional funding for the project has been identified at this time.

Given the funding shortfall, we are pausing our Environmental Assessment of the Quebec Street Multimodal Improvement Project for the next 12 to 18 months to develop options around next steps.

During this time, the Quebec project team will also engage in the city’s East Area Plan process. This planning effort provides an opportunity for the community to further participate in discussions regarding the future of Quebec Street that satisfies a comprehensive vision for the neighborhoods along and near the Quebec corridor - East Colfax, Montclair, South Park Hill and Hale. More information about the East Area Plan is on the Community Planning & Development website.


 

 

Project History

Over the past 10-15 years, new development in Stapleton, Lowry and outlying Denver metropolitan areas has contributed to additional traffic throughout the northeast Denver area. As one of the only major north-south connections in the entire northeast Denver area, Quebec now carries heavy traffic loads and the ability to move safely and efficiently through the corridor is constrained.

Building from recommendations of Denver’s East Side Mobility Plan (2010) and the Quebec Street Alternatives Analysis (2015), Denver Public Works will focus on implementing the best solutions to improve and address all modes of travel. 

 

With the infusion of federal funds by a 2016 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) program grant through the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and with matching local Denver funds, the team has been evaluating multimodal design options for the Quebec corridor through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. 

Needs & Priorities

The Quebec Street improvement project will address the lack of adequate travel and turning lanes to address increasing travel demand and allow smooth turning to/from Quebec onto east-west streets. Improvements are needed because:

  • Existing turn- and through-lanes on Quebec Street cannot accommodate current traffic volumes, especially during weekday morning (AM) and evening (PM) peak periods.
  • Accident (crash) rates are high, and most crashes (approximately two per week on Quebec Street since 2010) can be attributed to congestion and failure-to-yield incidents.

  • Travel is frequently delayed; the current travel time on northbound Quebec from 13th to 26th avenues on a weekday evening is approximately 8 minutes, compared to a free-flow travel time of about 3 minutes.
  • If no improvements are made to the corridor, the average weekday PM peak period travel time is anticipated to increase by 50 percent, to approximately 12 minutes by the year 2040.
  • Morning (AM) peak period travel times are nearly as long and are also expected to increase considerably by 2040. 

  • The existing lack of connectivity to sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops and bicycle lanes is challenging for those who live and work in the area to use transit as a viable travel option.
  • RTD operates one bus route along Quebec St. (Route 73) and three routes across Quebec St. (Routes 15, 15L and 20). These routes currently service approximately 2,625 passengers daily. Many bus stops along Quebec lack basic amenities such as benches and shelters and are difficult to access.

  • Over 50 percent of the Quebec corridor has no sidewalk or it is substandard, requiring pedestrians and bus passengers to walk along the Quebec Street shoulder or on adjacent unpaved paths.
  • In many locations, the street corners lack Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant ramps to allow safe crossing to and from side streets.

Denver is currently studying the potential for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Syracuse Street from East 26th Avenue to East 8th Avenue. Bicycle traffic will be redirected from Quebec Street to this parallel corridor four blocks to the east. Bicycle travel will not be accommodated on Quebec Street.

Learn more about the Syracuse Street Corridor Study & Design Project

project map showing project area along Quebec Street and outreach areas in surrounding neighborhoods and blocks

 

As part of the ongoing public involvement effort, and to ensure that community members within the project area have an opportunity to help inform the selection of the preferred alternative, we have formed a project-specific Community Working Group (CWG). The members of the CWG will directly collaborate with Denver to help provide valuable input throughout the environmental and design process and serve as an important connection between the project and the broader community.

Member Roster (PDF)

Meeting #1 — September 14, 2017
Summary (PDF)

Meeting #2 — January 18, 2018
Summary (PDF)

Project Contacts

Project Email: QuebecCorridor@denvergov.org

Project Hotline: 303-223-6587

Background & Archive

Purpose: Denver Public Works’ Quebec Alternatives Analysis focused on identifying near-term, livable alternatives for Quebec Street to improve multimodal mobility and address increasing north-south travel demand. 

Read more from the Alternatives Analysis process

In April 2015, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) adopted the 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a six-year multimodal transportation program. The TIP identifies federally funded transportation projects that will be implemented within the DRCOG metro area.

The TIP program awarded 50 percent of the funding for the first phase of the recommended alternative identified in the Quebec Alternatives Analysis from 13th Ave. to 26th Ave. With inclusion of 50 percent local Denver funding, a total of $23 million is available for planning, design and construction of Quebec Street 13th to 26th improvements.

Read more

Council on Environmental Quality, 2007

 

Project Updates: Winter 2018

A public meeting was held in September 2017. See meeting materials linked at top of this site.

Additional public meetings will be held in 2018-2019 to review findings and as the project design is developed.

Stakeholder and Community Working Groups will meet throughout the project to help guide the design process.

A new stormwater drainage pipeline has been included in the project plans, and will extend along the center of 22nd Street from Quebec Street west to Niagara Street, where it will connect to an existing drainage system.