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Quebec Alternatives Analysis

With the remarkable transformation of Stapleton International Airport and Lowry Air Force Base over the last two decades, new residents, businesses, and activity continue to transform northeast Denver. Denver Public Works’ Strategic Transportation Plan and East Side Mobility Plan identified a need to improve connectivity and mobility to address new travel demand and access needs in the area. Other strategic plans, such as the dynamic bicycle mobility recommendations established by Denver Moves, will be integrated into the study.

Denver Public Works’ Quebec Alternatives Analysis will focus on identifying near-term, livable alternatives for Quebec Street to improve multimodal mobility and address increasing north-south travel demand. The study will analyze the East Side Mobility Plan’s recommendations for improving the mobility and congestion challenges of Quebec Street in greater detail and identify additional options for consideration and screening. The recommendations of the study will also aim to improve access, safety, and connectivity while respecting the community context and environment. Other strategic plans, such as the dynamic bicycle mobility recommendations established by Denver Moves, will be integrated into the study. The study focuses on identifying and implementing transportation solutions ranging from immediate actions to improvements phased over a maximum of 5-10 years.

Study Schedule

Spring/Summer 2013

  • Study Kick-Off
    Study launch, criteria development and identification of alternatives

Summer/Fall 2013

  • Preliminary Screening
    Preliminary screening and optimization of alternatives

Winter 2013-2014

  • Final Screening & Recommendations
    Conceptual engineering, identification of preferred alternative(s), environmental review and documentation

The study began in the Spring of 2013 and a final report is expected in 2015. While the primary technical focus will be along the Quebec Corridor between 26th Avenue and 6th Avenue, the study will have a larger public outreach area between I-70 and 6th Avenue, extending to Monaco Street on the west and Central Park Boulevard/Yosemite Street on the east.

The analysis has recommended a preferred near-term action to improve multimodal facilities, better accommodate additional travel in the corridor, and reduce current congestion. The recommendations were created and refined through the collaborative work of a Technical Advisory Team of subject-matter experts, an Alternatives Optimization Task Force made of up representatives and organizations from the community, and the general public.

Throughout the study, the City sought public input to help identify and optimize alternatives that best meet the needs of people who live, work, and travel through the corridor.

The final Quebec Alternatives Analysis report will be posted on this project website once it is completed in Spring 2015. For more information about the study process to date, please review the project updates and meeting materials provided in the sidebar to the right.


Funding Update: May 2015

On April 15, 2015, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) adopted the 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a six-year multimodal transportation program, and announced the grant funding recipients. The TIP identifies federally funded transportation projects that will be implemented in the Denver Region.  Included on this list is funding for the design and implementation of a significant portion of the preferred alternative identified in the Quebec Alternatives Analysis.

The funded project will construct lanes and other operational improvements on Quebec St. from just south of 13th Ave. to 26th Ave. and will include the following:

  • One additional lane in each direction from 13th Ave. to Montview Blvd.
  • One additional northbound lane from Montview Blvd to 23rd Ave.
  • Receiving and/or turning lanes at intersections of 13th Ave., 14th Ave., Colfax, 17th Ave., Montview, and E. 23rd Ave.
  • A continuous 5ft sidewalk with a 3ft buffer
  • New concrete bus pads, transit amenities, bike parking, and upgrades to signal infrastructure

The design process will kick-off in early 2016 and will define the ultimate construction project including potential right of way and property impacts associated.  The design process, anticipated to last at least one year, will include a public outreach component and provide more opportunities for information sharing and stakeholder feedback.  For questions related to the TIP funding award or next steps, please contact the QAA project managers.


Study Details

Limited north-south connectivity and multimodal transportation options coupled with traffic congestion and inconsistent sidewalks, crosswalks and bicycle routes have prompted the City to identify ways to improve travel in the corridor. Previous Denver Public Works studies like the Strategic Transportation Plan and  have also highlighted further study of Quebec Street as a priority for improving transportation in the City.

While the Quebec Alternatives Analysis will identify a preferred alternative for improving travel on Quebec Street, some of the recommended improvements may be located elsewhere in the corridor. The primary technical focus will be on Quebec Street between 26th Avenue and 6th Avenue, but the study will analyze the larger Quebec Street corridor between I-70 and 6th Avenue, extending to Monaco Street on the west and Central Park Boulevard/Yosemite Street on the east.

The Quebec Alternatives Analysis will carry forward the findings identified by the East Side Mobility Plan as well as identify additional options for consideration and screening.

The study team will work with stakeholders to identify and refine the specific alternatives that will be screened and carried through the study process. Roadway reconfiguration, intersection improvements and roadway pairings are among the types of improvement options that will be considered.

Alternatives Overview

Not yet. The Quebec Alternatives Analysis will identify an action – or set of actions – that can be completed over the next five to 10 years to improve travel in the corridor. Implementation will begin as funding becomes available and any necessary approvals are secured.

Yes. The study includes a high-level evaluation of a number of environmental factors. It is important to note that the study is being conducted in compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), so that should federal funding program  become  available, the analysis done in this study can be used.

The Alternatives Optimization Task Force is comprised of individuals representing Registered Neighborhood Organizations, business organizations and educational institutions within four blocks of Quebec Street between 26th Avenue and 6th Avenue – the primary technical focus area for the study. The following organizations have been invited to appoint a representative to the task force:

  • Denver Public Schools
  • East Montclair Neighborhood Association
  • FAX Partnership
  • Greater Park Hill Community, Inc.
  • Greater Stapleton Business Association
  • Historic Montclair Community Association, Inc.
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Lowry Community Master Association
  • Lowry Neighbors
  • Lowry Redevelopment Authority
  • Lowry United Neighborhoods
  • Northern Airport Corridor Association
  • Paddington Station
  • Stapleton Master Community Association
  • Stapleton Foundation (Stapleton Transportation Management Association)
  • Stapleton United Neighbors (SUN)

Click here for more information about the City’s Registered Neighborhood Organizations.