Transportation within in the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) area can be challenging with its mix of intertwined highways, rail corridors, and waterways. The area’s current mix of established industrial and residential properties and rapidly transforming areas of change further add to the challenges of creating a well balanced multi-modal transportation network. The City and County of Denver aims to sort through these challenging transportation issues by using past and current planning efforts to develop a roadmap for future transportation investments through the Mobility Master Plan.
Building off the momentum and goals determined in the NDCC neighborhood plans, the Mobility Master Plan prioritizes multimodal projects for implementation to begin as soon as funding becomes available. The planning process has identified the 20 projects that community members would most like to see implemented in the NDCC area. Highlights include grade-separated crossings at several intersections, multimodal corridor projects and reconstruction, and transit adjacent improvements.
Karen Good, AICP | Project Manager II
Denver Public Works
Policy, Planning & Sustainability
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Michael D. Sapp Jr. | Community Affairs
North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative
There are a large number of past, ongoing, and future planning and implementation projects in the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative (NDCC) area. This Mobility Master Plan (MMP) compiles and prioritizes the transportation recommendations from those efforts and others to create a cohesive multimodal transportation network vision for the NDCC area.
Mobility in the NDCC area is hindered by major barriers such as Interstate-70, Interstate-25, numerous railroad facilities, and scattered industrial land uses built on large parcels of land that create isolated islands. These islands have few connections between them, and those that do exist are challenging environments for pedestrians and bicyclists. Furthermore, there are missing sidewalks in many locations in the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods, little bicycle network connectivity, and low frequency in existing transit service within the neighborhoods. These issues are compounded by the existing and planned densification of the area, and projections of major increases in housing, employment, and regional amenities locating in the area.
The Mobility Master Plan process began with a review of past planning documents and conversations with stakeholders to understand the transportation needs within the NDCC area. A list of projects was created to be prioritized for implementation. This list was workshopped and modified through multiple stakeholder meetings, resulting in 113 identified projects. Projects on this list were then scored by an agreed upon set of criteria, including: Mobility and Access, Safety, Economic Development, and Sustainability and Livability. This led to 37 projects that were the highest scoring, which were then presented to the public to identify the 20 key projects to be the first to move into the implementation phase.
In order to develop the Mobility Master Plan, the City is studying multi-modal operations in the NDCC area of north Denver, including walking, biking, transit, freight and motor vehicle use. The project team will also use the abundance of public feedback heard during the development of the past neighborhood plans and other recent projects to determine what projects will rank highest for inclusion in the Mobility Master Plan.
When complete, the Mobility Master Plan will set the course for how the City uses available funds to improve multi-modal transportation in the community over the next decade. The goal of the plan is simple: to balance the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and transit riders getting to and through the NDCC region.
The city will use four primary sources of funding to move projects forward intoimplementation:
The city will also pursue non-traditional funding though partnerships with the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), grant programs, and public-private partnerships.