The City and County of Denver Public Works is working to identify, design, and develop pilot streetscape improvements for the Santa Fe Corridor between 8th Avenue and West Colfax Avenue.
Santa Fe Drive is an important corridor within the Denver transportation network. It is a key link between downtown, 6th and 8th Avenues, and I-25, providing connections for a variety of users in the neighborhood and the greater community.
The corridor is home to the Art District on Santa Fe with a unique mix of art galleries, theaters, offices, auto-oriented commercial, and residential uses. The arts scene makes it a popular destination for people, particularly on First Fridays — a celebration of the arts with open galleries and large groups of people wandering in and out of galleries and restaurants on foot along the corridor.
The combination of narrow sidewalks along many portions of the corridor and significant vehicular traffic in the district has created a character that does not match the community’s vision for the corridor. The weekday activity levels are generally lighter, but with the 10th & Osage light rail station to the west and the West High site, downtown and the Cherry Creek Trail to the east there are significant pedestrian and bike crossings through and along the corridor.
As a result of these conditions, Denver Public Works is working with area residents and businesses to identify, design, and develop pilot streetscape improvements that aim to address the existing and evolving uses of the Santa Fe corridor.
While the piloting of an enhanced streetscape is the primary focus of this design study, it is also an opportunity to evaluate the Santa Fe corridor for a longer-term vision.
After two project stakeholder meetings and two pop-up public meetings, the community has identified a preferred streetscape design for Santa Fe to enhance safety and mobility for all modes of transportation, improve and enhance the pedestrian experience, and strengthen the Santa Fe business community.
The preferred alternative for the Santa Fe corridor creates programmable pedestrian space within the existing public right-of-way and maintains parking access to the businesses along the Santa Fe corridor.
Current data gathered and analyzed by the project consultant team supports the preferred alternative outlined above. Vehicle counts performed shows that Santa Fe has a strong AM peak for one hour a day. The rest of the time, the roadway does not see congestion.
The project team has been requested to perform additional traffic modeling and analysis to better assess the impact of the lane reduction along the corridor, with a specific focus on the impacts to transit travel time reliability and intersection delay at 8th Avenue. This additional modeling provides the chance to also gather existing pedestrian and bicycle utilization and model the impact on those modes.
With the request for additional data collection and modeling, we are now targeting the implementation of the pilot project for Spring 2020. This change in schedule will allow the project team to put more emphasis on the design of the new pedestrian realm and individualize each block according to the creative needs and designs of our businesses and residents, while establishing a thoughtful maintenance arrangement.
There are a lot of ways to stay involved with the project.
First Friday Events — Locations TBD
July 5, 2019
August 2, 2019
The project team attended First Friday events in February and March 2019 to speak with the public about the project and gather input.
The project team was back out in the community in March, talking with over 120 people to gather input on where people in the community spent their time, and then vote on streetscape elements the community would like to see along Santa Fe!
The project team kicked off this project with the community. There were over 200 people who stopped by to provide their input on the best and worst things about Santa Fe, and various roadway alternatives were voted on by participants.
March 27, 2019
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June 26, 2019
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