2017 Project Archive

See highlights from projects completed by Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (formerly Denver Public Works) in 2017.

For information on projects completed prior to 2016, please contact the DOTI Public Information Office.

W 13th Avenue Realignment Study

The city's Decatur-Federal Station Area Plan identified W. 13th Ave as a transformative project to better connect Sun Valley, the Decatur-Federal Station, adjacent neighborhoods and downtown.  Denver Public Works began a study in this area to determine existing conditions and develop and evaluate designs for W. 13th Ave that accommodate cyclists, pedestrians and motorists in a balanced transportation solution, including separated sidewalks, a tree lawn, on-street parking and enhanced bike facilities.

The Feasibility Study was released in March 2017.

Feasibility Study(PDF, 4MB)

35th-36th Pedestrian Bridge

In 2017, Denver Public Works opened a new pedestrian and bike connection between the River North, Curtis Park and Cole neighborhoods and the 38th & Blake station for RTD's University of Colorado A Line commuter rail.

Location and features for the new facility were identified during the planning phase in 2013-14, with a final design selected during the next phase in 2014-15. The bridge opened to the public on August 11, 2017, crossing the railroad tracks to connect Blake Street and Wazee Street between 35th and 36th Streets.

Additional multimodal improvements in the 38th & Blake Station area were completed in April 2016, including changes to the Blake Street Bridge over 38th Street, new bike lanes along Blake Street, and nearly 4,000 feet of new sidewalks.

40th & Colorado Next Steps Study

The 40th & Colorado Next Steps Study began in 2015 to identify transportation and connectivity improvements in the study area near the 40th & Colorado Station on RTD's A-Line commuter rail.

Denver Public Works launched the 40th & Colorado Next Steps Study in October 2015. The project purpose was to identify transportation and connectivity improvements in the study area that relate to the built environment and build on the recommendations of the Elyria & Swansea Neighborhoods Plan adopted in 2015.

The Project Team examined multi-modal transportation connectivity for the study area, identified an improved cross-section for 40th Avenue between York Street and Colorado Boulevard, and evaluated bike and pedestrian improvements linking the neighborhood, Bruce Randolph School, the 40th & Colorado Station and development east of Colorado Boulevard. Water quality improvements and changing land use factors have been an integral part of the transportation network improvements. The study area was divided into four Focus Areas and individual projects or improvements were identified in each Focus Area, and are detailed in the Next Steps Study final report.

Final Reports

The Final Report was released in January 2017 with project recommendations in four focus areas:

40th & Colorado Next Steps Study planning focus areas

Federal Boulevard Corridor Study

Denver conducted a year-long study of the 9-mile stretch of Federal Blvd within the city limits, from Floyd Ave to Columbine Road, looking at multimodal transportation safety and access as well as business and environmental concerns.

What We Studied

The study examined transportation of all kinds on Federal Boulevard including, biking, walking, driving, and taking the bus or train. The study also evaluated business and environmental concerns including: multimodal safety, urban design/placemaking, pedestrian access, economic development, land use and cultural development.

Study Goal

Our goal was to find and prioritize opportunities that make Federal a better place to walk, drive, bike, use public transit, shop, work, live, and recreate. By the end of the study, we created an implementation plan for the future of Federal listing projects and funding sources to make it happen.

Final Opportunities and Implementation Report

The project’s final Opportunities and Implementation Report was released in March 2017.  It identified both long-term and short-term project recommendations for the corridor.

Read the Final Report(PDF, 17MB)

River North (RiNo) Railroad Crossing Connectivity Analysis

The River North (RiNo) Railroad Crossing Connectivity Analysis focused broadly on improving bicycle and pedestrian connectivity at the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) and Regional Transportation District (RTD) A-Line rail corridor in the RiNo neighborhood between Broadway and 40th Street.

The primary focus of the analysis was to evaluate crossing improvements near 38th Street, and a secondary focus was to identify and evaluate alternative locations across the tracks that could enhance bicycle/pedestrian connectivity and complement improvements at 38th Street.

This analysis was completed in 2017 with the input of local neighborhood, advocacy, and business representatives through a series of focus groups.

Read the final report and recommendations(PDF, 4MB)

South Broadway Reconstruction

The reconstruction phase of the South Broadway/I-25 Improvement Project was completed in summer 2017, including roadway reconstruction of South Broadway from Kentucky to Arizona and a section of Mississippi Avenue between the Consolidated Main Line (CML) Railway and Sherman Street.

The $12 million project, underway for the past 16 months, has significantly improved overall mobility along the corridor for people on bikes, foot and in vehicles.

Speer Leetsdale Mobility Study

Go Speer Leetsdale examined transportation connectivity and operational needs for travel modes within the Speer/Leetsdale Corridor — a prominent travel route for Denver residents and one piece of the larger travel movement connecting people to I-25 to the west and to I-225 to the southeast.

This study evaluated methods and modes, such as walking, biking, public transit, and driving, to improve the way this corridor moves people between Broadway to the northwest and East Mississippi Avenue to the southeast. The study also considered transportation facilities within approximately a half-mile north and south of the main corridor to acknowledge the broader roadway network that influences Speer Leetsdale.

Read the final report and key recommendations(PDF, 7MB)