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Iowa Underpass Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements

The City and County of Denver will provide pedestrians and bicyclists with a safe, comfortable, intuitive connection underneath the railroad tracks heading east to the South Platte River Trail.

The fully funded project will remove the stairs to create an ADA accessible, separated path. This new ADA compliant facility will eliminate the gap along the D18 bike route providing increased safety, clearer wayfinding, and an improved user experience. The project will also include improved crossings at Santa Fe Drive and a new sidewalk offset from Santa Fe Drive, spanning Jewell Avenue to Florida Avenue.


Open House — April 9, 2019

On Tuesday, April 9, Denver Public Works hosted a Public Open House at Grant Beacon Middle School.

Project Goals

  • Enhanced multimodal safety for the Overland and Platt Park neighborhoods
  • ADA access under railroad tracks
  • Increased east-west connectivity
  • Reduced risk for cyclists and pedestrians traveling across and along Santa Fe/US-85

rendering of new elevated underpass next to roadway beneath rail crossing

Proposed Iowa Underpass Improvements

Project Status: Design

This project is currently in design.

2018: Study and Planning

2018-2019: Design Process

2020: Construction



Project Background

In May 2011, the City and County of Denver published Denver Moves. The initiative expands the vision for the non-motorized transportation and recreation system in denver, identifying the next phase of priorities for making bicycle and multi-use connections in the Mile High City. 

Read the Denver Moves plan (PDF)