DOTI Lowers Speed Limit Along Stretch of Santa Fe Drive

Published on July 15, 2022

Orange flags on a new 25 MPH speed limit sign on the west side of Santa Fe Drive

DENVER – Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) has lowered the posted speed limit on Santa Fe Drive from 6th Avenue to Colfax Avenue, going from 30 mph to 25 mph after traffic calming measures introduced along the corridor proved effective in reducing driver speeds.

In fall 2020, DOTI began making safety improvements on this stretch of Santa Fe, adding paint and posts, planters, and street murals to slow drivers and improve the environment for walking along the corridor, which is home to the Art District on Santa Fe, a popular destination for residents and visitors. Safety improvements made in 2020/2021 include:

  • Reconfiguring Santa Fe from three travel lanes to two to calm traffic and reduce driver speeds; the reconfiguration added a five-foot buffer between the on-street parking spaces and existing sidewalk to provide people with more space and comfort to walk.
  • Using posts and paint at intersections to shorten crossing distances for pedestrians.
  • Installing treatments at corners to slow driver turns.
  • Adding seating, planters, and lighting enhancements to improve pedestrian visibility, safety and comfort.

Data collected after installation of the safety enhancements found that observed driver speeds had been reduced and could allow for an official speed limit reduction and signage change. Pictures of the safety improvements and new speed limit sign are attached. The Santa Fe safety project aligns with Denver’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate fatal and serious injury crashes. Speed is considered a significant contributor to traffic crashes and their severity.