FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, August 15, 2008
Sue Cobb/Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Access & Mobility Plans Announced for Historic Convention Event at Invesco Field at Mile High
(DENVER) After extensive preparation and work with local, state and federal transportation and security officials to meet Democratic National Convention needs while keeping Denver open and accessible, the City and County of Denver provided information today about local mobility and access for the last day of the Democratic National Convention: Thursday, August 28, 2008.
“Last month, we delivered plans to ensure that downtown residents and workers can get around and access their buildings with ease during the three days that the Democratic National Convention is at the Pepsi Center – and now we are doing the same for the final event at Invesco Field at Mile High,” said Mayor John Hickenlooper. “We are grateful to our local, state and federal partners who shared our commitment to minimize impacts on the local community and to maximize ways for local residents to be a part of this historic event.”
Downtown will be open and accessible during the entire Convention week. Nearly all roads will be open and transit services will be operational. The majority of Convention-related movement will occur via bus, foot, and pedicab/bicycle during non-rush hour times. Unlike previous host cities that closed a large number of thoroughfares, the City of Denver’s commitment to local mobility and convenience is evident in the minimal amount of closures for an event of this magnitude:
- The portions of Speer Boulevard (I-25 to Lawrence Street) and Auraria Parkway (I-25 to Speer Boulevard) that will be closed Monday through Wednesday (8/25-27) will reopen by 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 28. Some minor delays are possible along this portion of Speer as traffic barriers and fencing are removed. (Please note: Two lanes of Speer Boulevard in each direction between I-25 and Lawrence Street will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on Monday through Wednesday).
- The Colorado Department of Transportation announced the 5 ½-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between U.S. 6 and I-70 will close at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 28. Thursday morning rush hour will not be affected. Afternoon/evening commuters who generally use this stretch of I-25 are encouraged to use one of the many alternative routes outlined by CDOT at www.dot.state.co.us. This stretch of I-25 will reopen after Thursday night’s activities conclude at Invesco Field at Mile High and well in advance of Friday morning rush hour.
- As previously announced in July’s designated parade route announcement, Colfax Avenue will remain open during morning rush hour, but will be closed from Mariposa Street to Federal Blvd. beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 28 until the Convention program concludes at Invesco on Thursday night. (Westbound Colfax will be detoured to Kalamath Street. Eastbound Colfax will be detoured at southbound Federal Blvd.) One northbound Federal Boulevard traffic lane – from Colfax Avenue to 20th Avenue – will close at 9 a.m. for the designated parade route and reopen at 3 p.m. One northbound lane of Federal Boulevard – and all of southbound Federal Blvd. - will remain open throughout the parades which conclude at 3 p.m.
EVENT PARKING & ACCESS
While delegates will be bussed to Invesco Field at Mile High, City officials encourage the remaining ticketholders to use public transit, bike or carpool to the event. It is important to note that if you choose to park on the neighborhood streets surrounding Invesco Field at Mile High, the standard parking enforcement used during weekday special events will be in effect. Only vehicles with the appropriate residential permits will be able to park on the surrounding neighborhood streets. The following multi-modal options for ticketholders to get to Invesco Field at Mile High are recommended:1) Downtown Route Shuttle
Pending finalization of the contract with the Regional Transportation District (RTD), RTD shuttles will rotate from 22nd and Wazee down Broadway to 8th to Zuni to Invesco Field at Mile High from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. providing shuttle service for people parking downtown. (The last shuttles will leave at 2 p.m.) These shuttles will stop at all existing bus stops along the route and will be available to return attendees to the same downtown stops following the event. All shuttles will be accessible for people with disabilities, and accessible drop-off points will be available. RTD will continue providing other normally scheduled weekday bus service throughout Denver during this time. 2) Coors Field Shuttle
Parking will be available for $5 per vehicle in Coors Field lots A, B and C, located northeast of Park Avenue West and Wazee Street. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., a free shuttle service will be available to transport people from the Coors Field lots to 5th and Walnut, where they can walk across the Broncos Bridge to Invesco Field at Mile High. All shuttles will be accessible for people with disabilities.3) Auraria High Education Center Campus
Parking spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Auraria campus in the vicinity of 7th St. and Walnut. Ticketholders arriving early will be able to park at Auraria lots and walk to Invesco Field at Mile High.4) Light Rail
All light rail service will be available on Thursday, August 28, 2008 to the Invesco Field Station. The Pepsi Center Station will remain closed. Routes “C” from the southwest corridor and “E” from the southeast corridor stop at the Invesco Field Station. Individuals parking downtown can take light rail from Denver Union Station to the Invesco Field Station. Individuals wishing to be dropped off are encouraged to do so at a light rail station, enabling them to take light rail to the Invesco Field Station. All light rail vehicles and stations are accessible for the disabled. 5) Pedestrian Route
A pedestrian route – designated with visible signage and staffed with volunteer guides – will be available from the 16th Street Mall and Larimer Street. Signs will be placed along Larimer Street and continue through the Auraria Campus to Invesco Field at Mile High. 6) Bicycles
Bike parking will be available within walking distance of the stadium. Specifics will be available in the near future. 7) Going Home from the Event
The same shuttle and light rail services will be available at the conclusion of the event from the same drop-off points. In addition, those wishing to take a taxi cab home will be able to catch one along Federal Blvd. on the west side of Invesco Field or at 5th and Walnut. The pedestrian route back to downtown parking will also be available.AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL EXPERIENCE
Ticketholders for the Thursday night event will have access to the American Presidential Experience exhibition prior to the event. The 150,000-square foot air-conditioned tent featuring presidential memorabilia celebrating two centuries of presidential history will be located in Parking Lot D at Invesco Field at Mile High. Life-size replicas of Air Force One and the Oval Office as well as an original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on hand. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at www.presidentialexperience.com
. (Please note that while American Presidential Experience will only be accessible to those with Thursday-night credentials on Thursday, August 28, it will be open to the general public on all other days from Friday, August 22 through Friday, August 29.OUTREACH
Community outreach will continue to local residents and businesses about these mobility and access plans. Information will be disseminated widely and made available through a variety of sources, including www.DenverGov.org
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