Denver Celebrates Travel and Safety Improvements on E. 56th Avenue

Published on November 20, 2023

Crews working at sunset near Rocky Mountain Arsenal

Denver Celebrates Travel and Safety Improvements on E. 56th Avenue with Ribbon Cutting and 5k Fun Run

Denver –  District 11 Denver City Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore gathered with local community members and representatives of Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) today to celebrate travel and safety improvements made on East 56th Avenue from Peoria Street to Pena Boulevard that make it safer for people to drive, walk, bike and take transit. Remarks by Councilwoman Gilmore and DOTI Deputy Manager Earl Jackson were followed by a ribbon cutting and 5k fun run along the 3.1 mile stretch from Pena Boulevard to Peoria Street.

“The improvements we are celebrating along E 56th Avenue represent a $52M investment in our far northeast Denver neighborhoods, providing more and safer ways to travel along this important east-west corridor, and providing a multi-use path that connects to our local bike network and brings us closer to nature and the wildlife refuge,” said Denver District 11 City Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore.

Work that has been done along the corridor includes:

  • Going from one to a minimum of two travel lanes in each direction to ease vehicle congestion on this regional thoroughfare and major connection to DEN and the Montbello and Parkfield neighborhoods.
  • Adding a median to separate east and westbound vehicle traffic to improve safety and provide a safe place for pedestrians to stand, if needed, when crossing.
  • Building a new multi-use path along the north side of E 56th Avenue for people who walk and roll, providing better connections to neighborhood bike lanes and the trail system at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Upgrading and installing new traffic signals and improving pedestrian crossings and ramps.
  • Improving stormwater drainage

The E 56th Ave Travel and Safety Improvement Project received $27M in funding from the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond and was constructed by DOTI in partnership with Ames Construction. The project kicked off in summer 2022, with finishing touches to continue for a few more weeks.