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Quebec Street Multimodal Improvement Project

The Quebec Street Multimodal Improvement Project intends to improve mobility along Quebec Street from East 13th Avenue to East 26th Avenue, building upon previous community planning efforts identifying needs for sidewalk, drainage, transit stop, and transportation system improvements.


March 2019

The Quebec Corridor project team has been engaged in the city's East Area Plan process, meeting with residents and community members at each of the four EAP meetings for neighborhoods adjacent to the Quebec project area in February and March 2019. 

 

During these meetings, the team showed three examples of refined options for Quebec improvements:

Attendees were asked to respond to these concepts, sharing thier top priorities for improving Quebec Street and which elements of the designs were most preferable. 

 

Characteristics

  • One north-bound and one south-bound lane
  • One center left turn lane (continuous)
  • Detached sidewalks along most of corridor; may be attached where needed to reduce impacts to adjacent properties
  • Amenity Zone can be landscaped or hardscaped (based on width)
  • Bicycle lanes on Syracuse (not Quebec); accommodate east/west bike lanes on Montview and 26th
  • Improved bus stops

Trade-offs

  • Improved north/south travel times and less traffic congestion compared to No Action
  • Accommodates left turns into neighborhoods
  • In some locations, pedestrians must cross an additional lane, resulting in safety concerns
  • Buses will run more smoothly even in mixed traffic
  • Moderate right-of-way impacts

Characteristics

  • Detached sidewalks along most of corridor
  • Existing roadway remains unchanged (varies from 2, 3 or 4 lanes)
  • Amenity Zone can be landscaped or hardscaped (based on width)
  • Improved bus stops

Trade-offs

  • Improved pedestrian mobility
  • May encourage walking for local trips
  • Does not increase pedestrian crossing distances at intersections
  • Provides new or improved pedestrian access to bus stops
  • Minor amounts of right-of-way will be needed
  • No improvement to vehicular travel times, congestion or safety

 

Characteristics

  • Two lanes both north-bound and south-bound
  • Left turn lanes at major intersections (north-bound and south-bound)
  • Detached sidewalks along most of corridor
  • Amenity Zone can be landscaped or hardscaped (based on width)
  • Bicycle lanes on Syracuse (not Quebec); accommodate east west bike lanes on Montview and 26th
  • Improved bus stops

Trade-offs

  • Most reliable travel flow north/south
  • Accommodates left turns into neighborhoods
  • Most right-of-way needed
  • Two outer lanes could be bus-only in the future
  • Safety concern from longest pedestrian crossing distances at some intersections

 

Update: July 25, 2018
Denver launched an environmental review process in September 2017 to assess the impacts of implementing improvements on Quebec Street between East 13th Avenue and East 26th Avenue to improve mobility and safety, reduce congestion and enhance multimodal connectivity.

As the project team continued its analysis and began exploring preliminary design options for the proposed improvements, it was determined that estimated costs to implement the recommendations are well beyond the $23M we have in available funding and no additional funding for the project has been identified at this time.

Given the funding shortfall, we are pausing our Environmental Assessment to develop options around next steps and engage with the city's East Area Plan process. This planning effort provides an opportunity for the community to further participate in discussions regarding the future of Quebec Street that satisfies a comprehensive vision for the neighborhoods along and near the Quebec corridor - East Colfax, Montclair, South Park Hill and Hale. More information about the East Area Plan is on the Community Planning & Development website.

 

Needs & Priorities

The Quebec Street improvement project will address the lack of adequate travel and turning lanes to address increasing travel demand and allow smooth turning to/from Quebec onto east-west streets. Improvements are needed because:

  • Existing turn- and through-lanes on Quebec Street cannot accommodate current traffic volumes, especially during weekday morning (AM) and evening (PM) peak periods.
  • Accident (crash) rates are high, and most crashes (approximately two per week on Quebec Street since 2010) can be attributed to congestion and failure-to-yield incidents.

  • Travel is frequently delayed; the current travel time on northbound Quebec from 13th to 26th avenues on a weekday evening is approximately 8 minutes, compared to a free-flow travel time of about 3 minutes.
  • If no improvements are made to the corridor, the average weekday PM peak period travel time is anticipated to increase by 50 percent, to approximately 12 minutes by the year 2040.
  • Morning (AM) peak period travel times are nearly as long and are also expected to increase considerably by 2040. 

  • The existing lack of connectivity to sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops and bicycle lanes is challenging for those who live and work in the area to use transit as a viable travel option.
  • RTD operates one bus route along Quebec St. (Route 73) and three routes across Quebec St. (Routes 15, 15L and 20). These routes currently service approximately 2,625 passengers daily. Many bus stops along Quebec lack basic amenities such as benches and shelters and are difficult to access.

  • Over 50 percent of the Quebec corridor has no sidewalk or it is substandard, requiring pedestrians and bus passengers to walk along the Quebec Street shoulder or on adjacent unpaved paths.
  • In many locations, the street corners lack Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant ramps to allow safe crossing to and from side streets.

Denver is currently studying the potential for enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Syracuse Street from East 26th Avenue to East 8th Avenue. Bicycle traffic will be redirected from Quebec Street to this parallel corridor four blocks to the east. Bicycle travel will not be accommodated on Quebec Street.

Learn more about the Syracuse Street Corridor Study & Design Project

 
Project Contacts

Email: QuebecCorridor@denvergov.org

Hotline: 303-223-6587

As part of the ongoing public involvement effort, and to ensure that community members within the project area have an opportunity to help inform the selection of the preferred alternative, we have formed a project-specific Community Working Group (CWG). The members of the CWG will directly collaborate with Denver to help provide valuable input throughout the environmental and design process and serve as an important connection between the project and the broader community.

Member Roster (PDF)

Meeting #1 — September 14, 2017
Summary (PDF)

Meeting #2 — January 18, 2018
Summary (PDF)

 

Project History

Over the past 10-15 years, new development in Stapleton, Lowry and outlying Denver metropolitan areas has contributed to additional traffic throughout the northeast Denver area. As one of the only major north-south connections in the entire northeast Denver area, Quebec now carries heavy traffic loads and the ability to move safely and efficiently through the corridor is constrained.

Building from recommendations of Denver’s East Side Mobility Plan (2010) and the Quebec Street Alternatives Analysis (2015), Denver Public Works will focus on implementing the best solutions to improve and address all modes of travel. 

The project team has been evaluating multimodal design options for the Quebec corridor through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. 

 

project map showing project area along Quebec Street and outreach areas in surrounding neighborhoods and blocks

 

Background & Archive

Purpose: Denver Public Works’ Quebec Alternatives Analysis focused on identifying near-term, livable alternatives for Quebec Street to improve multimodal mobility and address increasing north-south travel demand. 

Read more from the Alternatives Analysis process

In April 2015, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) adopted the 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a six-year multimodal transportation program. The TIP identifies federally funded transportation projects that will be implemented within the DRCOG metro area.

The TIP program awarded 50 percent of the funding for the first phase of the recommended alternative identified in the Quebec Alternatives Analysis from 13th Ave. to 26th Ave. With inclusion of 50 percent local Denver funding, a total of $23 million is available for planning, design and construction of Quebec Street 13th to 26th improvements.

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Council on Environmental Quality, 2007