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CDOT and Denver Working Together on Federal Blvd. Safety

Partnership focused on Vision Zero efforts to eliminate traffic deaths

DENVER ­- The City and County of Denver and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) today updated the community on their joint Vision Zero efforts to date, with a focus on safety improvements to the Federal Boulevard corridor.

Denver’s goal, as laid out in Mayor Michael Hancock’s Mobility Action Plan, is to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on city’s roadways by 2030. Launched in October 2017, Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan is aimed at achieving that goal through a specific set of tactical actions and increased cross-departmental coordination.

“Traffic deaths are preventable, and safety must be the most important consideration for every one of our streets,” Mayor Hancock said. “Our goal is zero traffic deaths because no other goal is acceptable, and it’s our responsibility to protect our transportation system’s most vulnerable users – especially along major roadways like Federal Boulevard.”

Denver saw deaths on roadways fall from 61 in 2016 to 51 in 2017. However, in 2017, 11 people died in crashes on Federal Blvd., including 7 pedestrians. The fatality rate along the Federal corridor is 20 times higher than the average urban rate on Colorado roadways.

To expedite safety improvements along Federal Boulevard, the city formed a joint task force, which includes members from Denver Public Works, Denver Police Department, CDOT and other stakeholders. The group is focused on coordinating short- and long-term strategies to address the challenges on Federal.

“CDOT is committed to ensuring strong partnership with Denver in working to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries,” said Michael Lewis, Executive Director at CDOT. “We are proud to be a part of this effort, and we will offer our full support and cooperation in eliminating traffic deaths and injuries in our city.”

The city currently has several projects underway along Federal Boulevard, including:

  • Changing signals at a number of intersections to give pedestrians a head start and longer crossing times
  • Upgrades to sidewalks, pedestrian ramps and traffic signals between 7th and Holden
  • Creating a new center pedestrian refuge at Federal and Kentucky

The Vision Zero Action Plan lays out nearly 70 specific actions to save lives and create safer streets over the next five years, with efforts focused on Denver’s communities of concern – areas with low income and education levels, high concentrations of seniors and people with a physical or mental disability, low rates of vehicle ownership, high obesity rates, and high numbers of schools and community centers. A large portion of the high-injury network of streets resides in these areas – including along Federal Boulevard. Vision Zero best practices include design elements like multimodal street standards, leading pedestrian intervals, slow zones, and median refuges.

For additional information and to learn how to get involved, visit Denver’s Vision Zero website.