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 September 18, 2023:

The following schedule is weather dependent and subject to change: 

  • Work will take place the week of September 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Some closures will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., others will be permanent throughout the week. Please see upcoming travel impacts below: 

For Drivers: 

  • 24/7 double left lane closure from 7th Avenue to Maple Avenue on southbound Broadway. 
  • 24/7 closure of the Broadway and E Bayaud Avenue intersection. Vehicles will be detoured south on Broadway to Maple Avenue, and north on Lincoln Avenue to access Bayaud from the east side.
  • 24/7 closure of the E 2nd Avenue and Broadway intersection. Drivers will be detoured south on Broadway to E 1st Avenue, and north on Lincoln Avenue to access 1st from the east side.
  • Parking spots may be limited in these sections of roadway, so we ask motorists to park on side streets when available.
  • The project team does not anticipate major delays with traffic, but travelers are encouraged to account for extra travel time. Please use extreme caution while driving through the work zone. Slow down, leave plenty of space between vehicles and watch for workers and equipment. 

For Other Modes of Travel: 

  • All bus stops in the project zone are currently open.
  • The temporary bike lane is currently open.
  • 24/7 crosswalk closures at E Bayaud Avenue and Broadway intersection. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the Archer or Maple crosswalks during this time.
  • 24/7 closure of the E 2nd Avenue and Broadway crosswalks with detour routes in place. Pedestrians are encouraged to utilize the 1st and 3rd Avenue crosswalks during this time.
  • 24/7 closure of the E Irvington Avenue and Broadway crosswalks with detour routes in place. Pedestrians are encouraged to utilize the 1st Avenue or Ellsworth crosswalks at this time. 
  • Business and residential access will remain open at all times. This includes parking lot, alleyway, and driveway access.

Removal operations at Irvington Place and Broadway

Crews performing removal operations at the E Irvington Place and Broadway intersection

Crews performing nighttime striping operations

Crews performing nighttime bike lane and parking space striping operations on Broadway

Removing old concrete at Broadway and 1st Avenue

Bobcat removing old concrete at the intersection of Broadway and 1st Avenue

Removing old concrete at Broadway and 3rd Avenue

Bobcat removing old concrete at the intersection of Broadway and 3rd Avenue

Workers laying new concrete at Broadway & Cedar

Workers laying new concrete at the Broadway and Cedar intersection

New concrete at the Broadway & Cedar intersection

New concrete at the Broadway and Cedar intersection

Upcoming Water Outage Notice:

  • Water services will be shut off on the east side of Broadway from 1st Avenue to Ellsworth Avenue on Monday, September 18.
  • The outage will take place between 4:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in order to remove and replace a main waterline.
  • Outside of the water being shut off at this time, the construction may cause additional street and parking closures, heavy equipment noise and excavation in the street and potentially on private properties.
  • Inside the City and County of Denver, those with regulated food facilities are not permitted to conduct open food handling when water is not available. The project team will provide portable bathrooms and hand washing stations outside of business and residential facilities.
  • Once the work has been completed, crews will flush the main water line, which may cause temporary discolored or cloudy water. We encourage those affected to run a cold faucet at full pressure until the water is clear. After services have been fully restored, food facilities will be able to operate as normal.
  • For additional information on what to expect and how to flush faucets, please visit denverwater.org/outage.
  • For more details on health and safety regulations for food facilities, please contact (720) 913-1311 or phicomments@denvergov.org.
  • Please help crews by only turning water faucets on periodically to check for running water. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this time.

Project Timeline

Construction began October 7, 2022 and will 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