Denver Moves: Broadway

Denver is exploring ways to improve travel options for people who work, live, play and commute along the Broadway corridor.


Multimodal Design

Since 2015, Denver's Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) has been studying Broadway to make the corridor safer for bicyclists, drivers, pedestrians and transit riders.

After extensive community input and technical planning, the City is designing a more multi-modal Broadway:

  • Broadway South Segment: Detailed design of construction-ready plans from 7th Avenue at the Cherry Creek Trail south to the I-25 Broadway Station.
  • Broadway North Segment: Conceptual design from 7th Avenue north to 16th Avenue.

Project Status: Spring 2021

The design process for the two-way protected bikeway will be complete in summer 2021, and pre-construction planning is expected to begin in late-2021 with construction anticipated to start in 2022.

The bikeway will also provide other significant transportation and safety improvements for people walking, riding transit and driving on South Broadway from 7th Ave. Other enhancements include:

  • Adding a raised concrete buffer and pedestrian refuge, which carves out a space for pedestrians to stop, if needed, before continuing to cross the street.
  • Intersection safety, bus stop and accessibility improvements to shorten the crossing distance for people on foot and provide better connectivity to transit.
  • New bike signals and rebuilding 13 traffic signals along the stretch with larger, more visible lights (red/yellow/green) as well as adding new pedestrian countdown signals to improve safety for people crossing the street on foot.
  • Improvements to specific street trees and tree grates in areas impacted by construction.
  • Public art to enhance the pedestrian experience along the corridor.
     

The community-driven bikeway design incorporates substantial public input on key project elements – such as preferred buffer type for the parking protected bike lanes, improvements to bike network connectivity, flexible loading zones and bike/scooter parking areas.


Benefits

SAFETY: Supports Vision Zero with street design that protects people walking and biking in part of Denver’s High Injury Network (HIN).

EFFICIENCY: Moves more people through the same amount of space by improving options for walking, biking, transit and driving.

CONNECTIVITY: Increases options for getting to and from downtown, entertainment districts, major transit stations and transportation corridors.

COMMUNITY CHARACTER: Provides opportunities for public art, landscaping and other streetscape improvements.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2019: Conceptual design (30%)
  • Fall 2019: Detailed design (60%)
  • Summer 2021: Final Design (Construction-ready)
  • 2021+: Implementation planning (Construction expected to start in 2022)

Final Draft Design (90% Complete)

February 18, 2021: Denver Moves Broadway Final Design Workgroup Meeting

Please find the available meeting materials below:


February 24, 2021: Broadway/Lincoln Area Mobility Joint Projects Virtual Open House

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.

Elevate Denver Bond Program

The Elevate Denver Bond Program is a 10-year, $937 million general obligation bond approved by voters in 2017 to enhance the City and County of Denver by providing critical citywide improvements to the infrastructure that defines Denver — our roads and sidewalks, parks and playgrounds, libraries and museums. Through more than 500 projects, Elevate Denver ensures our city works for everyone — from theater patrons to hospital patients, first responders to bicycle commuters.

The voter-approved Elevate Denver Bond Program invests $12 million toward the construction of Denver Moves: Broadway’s South Segment.

Elevate Denver Logo


Concurrent Projects

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


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

Image of transit only lanes along Broadway