Denver Moves: Broadway

Project Overview

Denver Moves: Broadway is part of the voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program and aligns with Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan to provide Denverites with better and safer transportation choices.

This high-comfort bikeway will provide a significant new north-south connection in Denver’s growing bike network. It will enhance access to local businesses, neighborhoods and other destinations, as well as improve safety for all travelers with upgraded pedestrian crossings, streetscaping, street trees, public art and more, including:

  • New two-way protected bikeway on Broadway will use concrete curbs and a row of parking to separate people on bikes from people in cars and will connect the Cherry Creek Trail to Center Avenue and RTD’s Broadway station.
  • Curb ramp and sidewalk reconstruction will be made at intersections and other locations along the corridor to provide additional safety and comfort for people walking along Broadway.
  • Streetscaping will be enhanced by improving the landscape areas and growing conditions for street trees.
  • Multimodal improvements will provide better access to bus stops, shorter intersection crossings and improved accessibility for walkers and wheelers alike.
  • Wayfinding signage will be provided to help guide people to multimodal connections along the corridor.
  • Public art locations have been identified for areas along the corridor to complement Broadway’s unique character.
  • Infrastructure improvements such us reconstructed traffic signals and upgraded drainage.
Image showing infrastructure improvements along Broadway including curb ramp and sidewalk reconstruction, reconstructed traffic signals and upgraded drainage.

Intersection Improvements Highlighted

Current Status

The project team has completed the South Broadway Bikeway design process, and construction procurement has begun.  Construction is expected to begin in late 2022.


Travel Impacts for the week of January 29, 2023:

Work the week of January 29 will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some lane and sidewalk closures will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and reopen outside of working hours. Others will be permanently closed throughout the week

For drivers: 
  • Permanent double right lane closure on southbound Broadway between Archer and 7th Avenue.
  • Permanent single lane closure on west side of 1st Avenue and Broadway intersection.
  • Permanent single lane closure on the west side of 3rd and 5th Avenue from Broadway to Acoma.
  • Parking spots may be limited in these sections of roadway, so we ask motorists to park on the side streets when available.
  • The project team does not anticipate major delays with traffic but travelers are encouraged to account for extra travel time. As winter weather conditions persist, please exercise extreme caution when traveling through the work zones. Slow down, watch for construction workers and equipment, and allow extra space between vehicles.

For other modes of travel:

  • The southwest Alameda and Broadway bus stop has been reopened for use.
  • The southwest 1st Avenue bus stop is closed.  RTD advises riders to use the W 4th Ave or W Bayaud bus stops as alternatives.
  • There will be a permanent closure of the west Broadway crosswalks at 3rd and 5th Avenue.
  • There will be permanent reduced sidewalk access between 1st Avenue and Irvington on the west side.
  • On Wednesday, February 1, there will be reduced sidewalk access at Ellsworth on the west side of Broadway from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • The west side of the Alameda sidewalk and crosswalk has reopened and the crosswalk on the northwest side of Virginia Avenue is temporarily open to pedestrians.
  • Business and residential access will remain open at all times.  The parking lot at Punch Bowl Social will be accessible on 1st Avenue while the Broadway entrance is closed.
  • If biking, please utilize the temporary bike lane on the east side of the road to safely navigate Broadway during construction.

Broadway/Alameda bus stop reopening

RTD bus stop reopening at Broadway and Alameda intersection

Workers pouring concrete at Broadway and Alameda

Workers pouring concrete at the Broadway and Alameda intersection.

Gas line being installed at Broadway and Alameda

Gas line being installed at Broadway and Alameda

Broadway and 6th Avenue after paving operations

Intersection of Broadway and 6th Avenue after paving operations

Lanes have reopened at Broadway and Virginia

Lanes have reopened at the Broadway and Virginia Avenue intersection.

Work continues at Virginia and Broadway

Crews continue to work at the Virginia Street and Broadway intersection

Wondering what the big holes are in the construction zone?

Crews are working to relocate and upgrade gas lines, electrical lines and drainage lines. In addition to the above-ground enhancements, like new signal mast arms and crosswalks, there’s lots of necessary improvements happening under your feet!


Project Timeline

Construction is anticipated to start October 7, 2022 and last 12-18 months.

  • Phase 1: Start Fall 2022 - Winter 2023.  The west side of Broadway will undergo enhancements to 16 intersections from 7th Avenue to Center Avenue.
  • Phase 2: Spring 2023 - Summer 2023.  The east side of Broadway will undergo enhancements to 16 intersections from 7th Avenue to Center Avenue.
  • Phase 3: Summer 2023 - Complete Fall 2023.  Final landscaping plantings and permanent striping will take place on Broadway from 7th Avenue to Center Avenue.
  • Summer 2022: Construction Procurement Process
  • Summer 2021: Final Design Complete (Construction-ready)

Travel Impacts

  • Work is anticipated to take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Intermittent lane and shoulder closures will be in place throughout S. Broadway for the next year
  • Bus routes may be affected by lane closures
  • Traffic shifts on S. Broadway will occur to maintain safety to motorists and construction crews
  • Business access will be maintained during the project
  • There will be intermittent sidewalk closures with detours in place

For Residents

What To Expect During Construction

  • Residential street access will remain open for the duration of the project, however some driveways may be temporarily reduced to a single lane.
  • Sidewalks will be closed intermittently with detours. There will be at least 4-foot minimum access on all sidewalks.
  • Parking on Broadway will be reduced in certain areas during construction of the bike lane, so we encourage residents and visitors to park on nearby side streets.
  • We know it's tough, but expect some noise during working hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • There will be possible night work to remove and replace mast arms at intersections.
  • Residents will be given ample warning prior to this occurring.
  • Stay in touch with your neighborhood associations for upcoming project events and resources available to you throughout construction.
  • As part of the Broadway community, try to support your local businesses during construction.
  • We're all in this together!

Project Benefits

  • Providing better connections from your neighborhood to downtown Denver, entertainment districts and major transit centers and transportation corridors.
  • Bringing to life the vibrant Broadway community by investing in public art, landscaping and pedestrian safety.
  • Making it easier and safer to travel through your neighborhood and access your favorite Broadway businesses

For Businesses

What To Expect During Construction

  • Business access will be maintained throughout the duration of the project.
  • Sidewalks will be closed intermittently with detours. There will be at least 4-foot minimum access on sidewalks.
  • There may be water outages for short periods of time. Ample warning will be given prior to this taking place.
  • Business parking on Broadway will be reduced in certain areas during construction of the bike lane, so we encourage business owners and visitors to park on nearby side streets.
  • We know it's tough but expect some noise during working hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • We suggest making additional window signs letting people know that you're open during construction. As part of the Broadway community, try to support your fellow merchants.
  • We're all in this together!

Project Benefits

  • Enhancing accessibility to your business by increasing the ways people can reach you whether that be by walking, biking or in a wheelchair.
  • Bringing to life the vibrant Broadway community by investing in public art, landscaping and pedestrian safety.
  • Getting people in your door by connecting Broadway to downtown Denver, entertainment districts and major transit centers and transportation corridors.

For Bikers and Commuters

What To Expect During Construction

  • Bike routes will change along Broadway throughout the course of the project.
    • During Phase 1 of the project (Fall 2022-Winter 2023), bikers will be able to use the existing bike lane on the east side of the road.
    • During Phase 2 (Spring-Summer 2023), bike lanes will be moved to the through-lanes of traffic on the west side of Broadway.
    • For Phase 3 (Summer-Fall 2023), bikers will be able to utilize the new bike lane.
  • For those walking to and from work, sidewalks will be closed intermittently with detours.  There will be at least 4-foot minimum access on sidewalks at all times.
  • The bus lane on Broadway will be impacted while construction takes place on the bike lane. Bus routes may be changed by several blocks to accommodate lane and shoulder closures. RTD Denver will post updated schedules and notify of changes in stops.
  • We encourage commuters and bikers to account for some extra travel time, especially as the project starts to get familiar with route changes.

Project Benefits

  • Providing a high-comfort bikeway that connects travelers to a growing Denver bike network, as well as major transit centers and transportation corridors.
  • Enhancing the safety of travelers by creating protected bike lanes and upgraded pedestrian crossings
  • Giving greater access for multi-modal travelers to experience the vibrant local Broadway businesses and neighborhoods

Final Design and Project Updates

Final Design

Denver Moves Broadway Final Design

Please find the final design plans that were presented to the community at the February 18, 2021 workgroup meeting:

 

Project Background

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) has been working to improve travel options for people who work, live, play and commute along the Broadway corridor.

As a first step toward implementing recommendations, the City installed a temporary bikeway between Bayaud Avenue and Virginia Avenue. The installation of this pilot facility enabled the operational evaluation of a bikeway and other mobility changes before making major infrastructure investments along the larger corridor.

Visit the 
Broadway Bike Study and Broadway/Lincoln Past Studies pages for more information.

Archive

Broadway/Lincoln Area Mobility Joint Projects Virtual Open House — February 2021

The South Broadway project team presented the final bikeway design, and the following teams provided updates about other projects in the area:

A meeting video can be viewed below. The presentation from the meeting is available upon request at denvermovesbroadway@denvergov.org.


Detailed Design Roll Plot — September 2019 

Roll Plot Feedback — September 2019

Design Working Group — September 2019


Loading Zone Roll Plot

Conceptual Design

Design Workgroup — March 2019

Image of transit only lanes along Broadway

Concurrent Projects

The project team has been coordinating closely with the South Central Community Transportation Network, the I-25 & Broadway Interchange Multimodal, and Lincoln Transit Improvements projects to provide additional safety features and smoother connections to the neighborhoods, local businesses, and RTD’s Broadway Station.

South Central Community Transportation Network

DOTI has also been working concurrently with neighborhoods within and surrounding the Denver Moves: Broadway project area to build safer and more efficient walking, biking and transit connections in South Central Denver to get people where they need to go.

DOTI has recently been holding virtual public meetings to understand how people in the community currently travel. Visit the website below for more information on this concurrent project, including opportunities to get involved.

Community Transportation Networks

Lincoln Transit Improvements

Following initial transit improvements along the Broadway/Lincoln corridor, Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure plans to extend transit-only lane hours on South Lincoln Street. During the planning phase, the project team is seeking input from the community on the preferred alternative for Lincoln from I-25 to 7th Avenue.

Lincoln Transit Improvements

South Broadway & I-25 Improvement Projects

The City and County of Denver's is redesigning the interchange of I-25 and Broadway. The improvements aim to create a safe and efficient area for all transportation modes ̶ pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and automobile.

South Broadway & I-25 Multimodal Improvements