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Road Detours & Closures

Please ride carefully — bike lanes, roads and trails may be closed for construction, weather, permitted events or emergencies.

Always be aware of your surrounding and follow all posted signage.

 
 
Current Notices

South Broadway Bikeway Study Area: There will be construction activity at Dakota Avenue from March 29 to 31. One lane of the bikeway will remain open – please be careful and watch out for pedestrians and any construction activity.

15th Street Bikeway: Expect construction activities and detours at California and Arapahoe Streets throughout 2017 as new developments are constructed.


Special Events: Downtown Denver

There are several locations in the downtown Denver area commonly used for permitted special events that may require bike lanes and traffic lanes to be closed. See details below for the recommended bicycle detours when event-related closures are in effect. 

During closures to Bannock Street:

Bicyclists heading into Downtown Denver are advised to avoid this segment of Bannock and travel Cherokee Street from 11th or 12th Avenue to cross W. Colfax Avenue and access the 15th Street protected bike lane in Downtown.

Bicyclists leaving Downtown Denver are advised to utilize Delaware Street to cross W. Colfax Avenue and access either 11th or 12th Avenues toward Bannock.

During closures to 14th Avenue:

Bicyclists are encouraged to utilize the bicycle lanes along 11th Avenue for destinations east and west of this segment of roadway.

To access Downtown destinations from the west, bicyclists are advised to use the bike lanes along Galapagos Street – which becomes Welton Street north of W. Colfax Avenue. Alternatively, bicyclists travelling from the west may use 11th Avenue to Cherokee to arrive at Downtown destinations.

To access Downtown destinations from the east, bicyclists are advised to travel north to access on bike lanes along 16th Avenue or 11th Avenue.

Bicyclists travelling on the Cherry Creek bike path who want to access Downtown destinations are encouraged to use the bike exit ramp from the trail at 11th Ave and may use Cherokee to access downtown. 

During closures to Arapahoe Street:

Bicyclists are encouraged to use the shared right travel lane along 19th Street to access the buffered bike lane along Champa towards 15th Street. Bicyclists can use the protected bike lane along 15th Street to return to Arapahoe Street.

On weekends, 16th St is available for bicycle travel which may also be utilized for this special event detour.

During closures to Glenarm Place:

Bicyclists are encouraged to use the bike lanes along Welton for traveling northeast into Downtown and the bike lane and shared right travel lane along Tremont Place to travel southwest out of Downtown.

On weekends, 16th St is available for bicycle travel which may also be utilized for this special event detour.

 
Trail Detour Notices from Parks & Recreation

Denver Trail Detours

Project: Globeville Landing Park
Construction timeline: December 2016 - July 2018

Ames Construction will be starting construction activities for the Globeville Landing Project Phase 1A in mid-late December. Phase 1A includes the construction of all drainage infrastructure. This phase of the project is expected to be complete in Spring 2018. This phase of construction will be followed by the construction needed for the park amenities (Phase 1B),  which is expected to be complete in Fall of 2018.The first construction activities will include fencing of the construction site which will limit access in the Globeville Landing Park as well as reduce parking in the Coliseum parking lot.  

Learn more about this project | View detour map

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Project: Confluence Park/Shoemaker Plaza
Construction timeline: late February 2015 - August 2016
Closure: Shoemaker plaza; S. Platte Trail- 19th St. to Speer Blvd.

The first phase of Confluence Park’s master plan will begin in late February and includes the closure of Shoemaker plaza and surrounding portions of the S. Platte River Trail until August 2016. Shoemaker Plaza is located on the west side of the South Platte River near the REI store and was built in the 1970s. As part of the larger plaza reconstruction, its concrete ramps will be replaced by a 12 foot wide, fully accessible bicycle and pedestrian ramp that will meet today’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. This ramp is a key connection to the South Platte River regional trail system and will provide better access to the plaza, which will be reconfigured to create more usable outdoor space for social activities and other events in Confluence Park. The cost of this project is approximately $4.2 million.

Map of Detour

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RTD Project:  North Metro Rail Bridge Construction
Duration:  November 2015 – June 2016

RTD’s contractor, Regional Rail Partners (RRP),  will be constructing two bridges over the South Platte River Trail (SPRT) between Park Avenue and I-70.  During construction, trail users can anticipate possible short delays of 10 minutes or less while crews are working over or near the trail.  For your safety and the safety of the workers, please respect the flaggers and the obey the short delays.  Find additional project information

Project Location 1 | Project Location 2

No trail detours within Denver at this time.

Additional Bear Creek Information

Project: Cherry Creek Emergency Repair Project
Anticipated end date: mid-March thru mid-April 2017
Portion of trail closed: 
10th Ave ramp to 12th Ave ramp | View detour map

Project Summary:
The Urban Drainage and Flood Control District will be performing emergency repair work on the 11th Ave bridge over Cherry Creek beginning mid-March to repair a sink hole behind the Cherry Creek wall.  The work will require the Cherry Creek Trail to be closed to all users and is anticipated to remain closed until approximate mid-April when the work is complete.  Trail users will be directed out of the channel to the sidewalk on Speer Blvd at 12th Ave ramp and 10th Ave ramp.  An at-grade crossing at the 11th Ave signal will be required.  

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Additional Cherry Creek Trail information

Project: Westerly Creek North & Uplands Prairie Park
Anticipated end date: June 2016
Portion of trail closed: 
Westerly Creek- 33rd to 37th Ave.
Sand Creek- Smith Rd. to North Central Park Blvd. (along the break in Smith Rd.) View map

Project Summary:
The Westerly Creek and Sand Creek closures are in place during the construction of Westerly Creek North and Prairie Uplands parks.  The project includes realignment of the Westerly Creek channel, riparian and upland grassland restoration, wetland creation, construction of a new Sand Creek Regional trail alignment, including a new bicycle & pedestrian bridge over Westerly Creek, with connections to surrounding neighborhoods. 

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