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Low-cost, High-impact Treatments to Improve Safety on East Colfax

DENVER – Safer streets save lives and Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) is kicking off 2020 with upgrades to 15 intersections along East Colfax Avenue to enhance safety for all users and pedestrians, in particular. Colfax Avenue is one of the busiest pedestrian and transit corridors in Denver and is on the city’s High Injury Network – a term that refers to corridors with the highest number of fatal and serious injury crashes. Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan calls for installation of safety treatments on Denver’s High Injury Network to reduce the number of people being killed and injured on city streets.

Over the next few weeks, crews will be using bollards and paint to shorten crossing distances for people on foot and to carve out places where pedestrians can stop in the middle of the street, if needed, to wait for vehicle traffic to clear and finish crossing. More safety signage will also be added along the corridor and, for the first time, DOTI will be using a treatment known as a hardened centerline that uses rubber curbing to slow left turn vehicle movements. Treatments will vary from intersection to intersection based on need and intersection configurations. The improvements are expected to calm traffic and reduce conflicts between people driving and walking.

These safety improvements are estimated to cost approximately $120,000. Work will occur along the corridor as weather permits.

map of locations where construction will take place along East Colfax