Skip navigation

Hampden Avenue

 

The Hampden Avenue corridor is a critical east-west arterial near the southern limits of the City and County of Denver serving residents, visitors, shoppers, and employers. The vision for Hampden Avenue is a safe and engaging multimodal street that provides intuitive connections to residents and businesses to services and destinations, while balancing the regional needs as a vital east/west corridor in southeast Denver 

In 2018, the City & County of Denver led a corridor study to engage residents and businesses along the corridor to develop a plan for Hampden Avenue between University Boulevard and Galena Street.  Throughout the planning process, stakeholders identified key themes for the recommended improvements:

  • comfortable and convenient crossings
  • safety for all modes of travel
  • a complete sidewalk network

Safety Improvements — Fall 2019

Denver Public Works is partnering with CDOT to install safety improvements in conjunction with the Hampden Resurfacing Project.

  • Medians from Monaco to Tamarac — improve safety, clarify vehicle movement, control turns into residential neighborhoods and side streets, reduce pedestrian conflicts
  • HAWK signal at Verbena Street — a High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacon to improve visibility for pedestrians crossing the roadway and improve access to transit stops
  • Signal improvements and pedestrian refuges in the medians at the intersections of Oneida, Poplar and Tamarac, and at the crossing at 7500 E Hampden

 

Phase 2 — Beginning 2020

Additional improvements are planned for the Hampden corridor to implement recommendations from the final report. 

Hampden Avenue Study Area Map | see full-size rendering

Map highlighting Hampden Avenue from University to Havana

 
Project Status

The city conducted a corridor study in 2018-19 to recommend multimodal and placemaking improvements for Hampden Avenue. 

Near-term safety improvements will be constructed in 2019 in coordination with CDOT.

Design for Phase 2 is expected to kick off in 2020 to address high priority projects recommended in the study.

Denver voters approved funds through the Elevate Denver Bond Program to fund Hampden Corridor Multimodal Improvements. 

Elevate Denver logo

In Fall 2016, Councilwoman Black (District 4) held a visioning series to gather ideas of what Southeast Denver residents want. Over 1,500 participated in the online survey and 300 attended the two workshops. Overwhelming, the results showed Southeast residents love their corner of Denver, but want it to be more walkable, with local restaurants, retail and places to meet and linger.