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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 in August 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.
Denver conducted a yearlong 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.
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.
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 conecting 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.
The River North (RiNo) Railroad Crossing Connectivity Analysis focuses 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.
This 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. The final report was released in early 2017 with project recommendations in four focus areas:
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.
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 final feasibility study was released in Spring 2017. The next steps will be to secure funding for final design, right-of-way, and construction