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Road Work, Closures & Detours

To ensure the safety of workers and people using the streets and sidewalks in Denver, it is sometimes necessary to close vehicle traffic lanes, bike lanes and sidewalk or pedestrian areas. Some projects do require extended closures or complete shutdown of specific sections of the road or right of way. When full closures are scheduled, it is typically because work can be completed faster than it could with a series of smaller closures. 

Temporary traffic signs and barriers are set up in advance of closures where they are needed to direct the flow of traffic. Obey all posted signs and detours, and always proceed cautiously near construction or heavy equipment.

Current Closures & Notices

Josephine Street from East 1st Avenue to East 3rd Avenue - On Sunday, August 12 and Monday, August 13, a lane of traffic will be closed on Josephine Street starting just south of 1st Avenue up to the East 3rd Avenue intersection, where crews are installing a crane for private construction.

The work will also require East 3rd Avenue to close for a block between Josephine and Columbine Streets. Work hours are from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Alternate routes are advised.

York Street from 23rd to 26th Avenues - Starting Tuesday, August 7, work will be underway to repave York Street from 26th to 23rd Avenues. On Tuesday through Thursday, the southbound lanes will fully close and there will be one lane of traffic northbound.

Then, on Friday, August 10 until Sunday, August 12, York will fully close from 26th Avenue through the intersection of 23rd Avenue. Visitors can access the zoo from the Colorado Boulevard entrance while work is underway.

Detours will be in place for drivers, pedestrians, and people on bikes.

Alameda, Santa Fe to Cherokee St — Denver Public Works will be removing an old, unused bridge over Alameda Avenue just west of Cherokee Street. The work will require four weekend closures of Alameda Avenue between South Santa Fe Drive and Cherokee Street. Fully closing the roadway will allow crews to complete the work more quickly.

Full closures on Alameda are scheduled for the following weekends (updated)

  • Saturday, August 11 to Sunday, August 12
  • Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19
  • Saturday, August 25 to Sunday, August 26

Please note, the August 16 closure is longer than the others, starting on Thursday instead of Saturday.

Each weekend, the road will reopen to traffic on Monday morning. Drivers should plan on taking alternative routes during these weekend closures. Access will be maintained for people walking and riding bikes, except for the weekend of August 16.

East Yale Avenue — Work began in February 2018 on storm drainage improvements in the University Hills neighborhood, on East Yale Avenue between Interstate 25 and Dahlia Street. One lane will remain open in each direction of Yale Avenue while work is underway. See weekly updates at

Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project — Brighton Boulevard is open for southbound and northbound travel from Broadway to I-70. Detours for the redevelopment near the National Wester Center are in place from 48th Avenue to York Street. See weekly updates and sign up for email notifcations

If you have questions, please contact 3-1-1.

Follow @DenPublicWorks on Twitter for more closure updates and reminders!


Emergency Road Work

Sometimes roadways are closed without advance notice so crews can address an urgent situation like a water leak or service outage. Most emergency work is completed within 48 hours.

Please contact 3-1-1 if you have questions about emergency work in effect in your area.

Other scheduled closures

Permitted special events may involve road closures or detours. See the Denver Special Events calendar.

See for updates on weekly work for street maintenance and improvement (weather permitting)

See road work notices for state highways and roadways maintained by the Colorado Dept of Transportation

Much of a city’s infrastructure for water, power, transportation and communications is located underground. Other agencies, such as Xcel, Denver Water, RTD and Century Link, may need to close streets to perform repairs or maintenance.

Please contact 3-1-1 if you have questions about utility work in your area.

All closures of the public right of way for private development require a permit from the City and County of Denver.

Construction companies are responsible for signage and notification in affected areas, which should include the company name and contact information.