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Denver Moves Downtown 

 

Denver Moves: Downtown is a planning effort that is re-envisioning the city’s downtown transportation system. It will build off years of study and analysis to create a roadmap for implementing tangible near-term improvements that the hundreds of thousands of people who live, work, study, visit and play in downtown Denver will experience in the coming years, while also identifying a long-term vision for the future of mobility in the city’s center.

 

It’s more than just a transportation plan — it’s a critical step in building a successful and flexible multimodal future for Denver.

 

VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

A virtual open house meeting was held June 10, 2020.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the proposed future improvements for getting around on downtown streets.  A recording of the meeting and a PowerPoint presentation are now available (below).

 

DENVER MOVES: DOWNTOWN

The effort is being led by the City and County of Denver, in collaboration with the Regional Transportation District and the Downtown Denver Partnership, and will be completed in early 2020.

The boundaries for Denver Moves: Downtown generally follow I-25 to the west, Park Ave. to the north, Lincoln Ave. to the east, and Speer Blvd. to the south, but the project will also take into account how surrounding neighborhoods and the entire region access downtown.

 
WE WANT YOUR INPUT: Denver Moves: Downtown - Signature Projects!

Denver Moves: Downtown is a twenty-year mobility plan for Denver’s core that identifies ways to provide more travel options for getting around Downtown, improve safety, and make downtown streets easier to navigate.

Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) provided a virtual overview of the planning effort and process on Wednesday June 10th, 2020. We are seeking input on the “signature project” recommendations that were identified in the plan. 

PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY about the signature projects and provide your input.

More information is provided below about each project.

Larimer Street Transitway & Two-Way ConversionBetween Speer Boulevard and 25th Street

Project Description

This project envisions Larimer Street as an extension of RTD’s FreeRide Network that would provide a transit connection from the Auraria Campus to the RiNo neighborhood. Transit service would be provided in exclusive lanes, while allowing for two-way vehicle travel on the street. Proposed for Larimer Square is the option to close the street between 14th and 16th Street to automobiles, while providing limited commercial loading times. This would enhance the public space and expand transit opportunities.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Bannock Street Bikeway - Between Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue

Project Description

Bannock Street is envisioned as both a place to hold festivals and as a bicycle gateway to downtown and the Civic Center from the Cherry Creek Trail. The street is closed to vehicular traffic north of 14th Avenue, and high-comfort bikeways are added the length of the corridor.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

15th Street Bicycle Connection - Between Larimer Street and Central Street

Project Description

This project completes the 15th Street vision as the key bike corridor through, into, and out of downtown. It creates a greener public realm along an important pedestrian corridor, while remaining a key automobile and transit corridor.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Broadway North Grand Boulevard - Between 19th Street and Market Street

Project Description

Streetscaping, dedicated transit lanes, a high-comfort bikeway, intersection safety improvements and operational modifications would create a Grand Boulevard on Broadway between 19th Avenue and Market Street. This would link people in Five Points, Curtis Park, and Uptown into the downtown core.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Broadway Central Grand Boulevard - Between 9th Avenue and 19th Street

Project Description

The project completes the vision of Broadway as the heart of north-south travel in downtown. The long-term vision is for exclusive bus lanes and a two-way high-comfort bicycle facility that will transform the corridor into a true multimodal corridor. Complementary improvements to Lincoln Street enhance transit efficiency and intersection safety.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

MetroRide Extension - Between Civic Center Station and Golden Triangle

Project Description

Extending the existing MetroRide service from Civic Center Station to the Golden Triangle would provide frequent transit service in the rapidly densifying neighborhood.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Wewatta Street & 16th Street Multimodal Improvements - Wewatta Street from Speer to Park Avenue 16th Street from Wynkoop to Chestnut

Project Description

Wewatta Street between Speer Boulevard and Park Avenue West would be transformed into a multimodal corridor with a high-comfort bikeway and future transit service. The section of 16th Street between Wynkoop and Chestnut would be enhanced to compliment the investments on 16th Street Mall.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Central 15th & 17th Streets Multimodal Improvements - 15th Street from Cleveland to Larimer and 17th Street from Broadway to Wynkoop

Project Description

Multimodal improvements including dedicated space for transit and high-comfort bikeways are being designed and constructed on 15th Street between Cleveland Place and Larimer Street between Broadway and Wynkoop Street.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Central Platte Valley Gondola - Between Union Station and Highland Neighborhood

Project Description

An aerial tram or gondola between Union Station and Highland neighborhood is proposed to overcome physical barriers between two rapidly expanding areas.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Lower Downtown Bikeways - Between Speer Boulevard and Broadway

Project Description

Blake Street and Market Street are the heart of Lower Downtown and would be transformed into multimodal corridors with high-comfort bikeways. Bicycle operations are improved through infrastructure improvements and signal timing optimization.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Curb Space Organization - Throughout Downtown

Project Description

This concept would apply a predictable and consistent curbside management strategy which would increase space for uses such as deliveries, ride-share drops offs, and general loading throughout Downtown Denver.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

Pedestrian Signal Phasing - Throughout Downtown

Project Description

Signal operations would be modified downtown to make the pedestrian “walk” signals more intuitive and predictable for both pedestrians and drivers.

Read more about this project (PDF)

Watch a short video about this project (YouTube)

 
 

Funding is a combination of city capital improvement program dollars and partner contributions from RTD and DDP.

The total budget for Denver Moves: Downtown is $1.5 million dollars. This includes the current study and alternative development phase. An additional $250,000 will be available to put toward the implementation of short-term projects and improvements identified through this current effort.

Denver Moves: Downtown is primarily concentrated on the city center to review and consider future changes to the downtown transportation system. The boundaries shown on the map serve as general guidelines for needed modeling and the project’s focus area. The project is taking a holistic approach that will also take into account how surrounding neighborhoods and the entire region access downtown.

Denver Moves: Downtown will identify projects that improve the transportation system for the city center in the near term as well over the long-term. These projects will be prioritized for funding consideration over the next 5, 10 and 20 years. Early activation pilot projects are anticipated to begin as soon as 2020.

Denver Moves: Downtown, just like its predecessors, supports goals set forth in other citywide plans including Blueprint Denver and the Vision Zero Action Plan. The Denver Moves: Transit plan, Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails plan and Denver Moves: Bicycles plan prioritize multimodal improvements on a citywide scale. Denver Moves: Downtown more holistically addresses transportation within the city center.

As a result of the general obligation bond approved by voters in 2017, the City and County of Denver will be providing critical citywide improvements through the Elevate Denver Bond Program. A variety of downtown transportation and mobility projects are included on the project list such as the 16th Street Mall Plan Implementation, citywide sidewalk construction, Auraria/Downtown Connection Vision Plan, etc. Denver Moves: Downtown will coordinate with these projects as well as other previous plans such as Vision Zero.

Denver Moves: Downtown will be addressing a wide range of transportation goals including safety, accessibility and efficiency. We would like to hear your ideas and recommendations, whether big or small, on how we can improve our downtown transportation system.

 
 

Community Task Force

Community Task Force Workshop #3 – June 2019

Materials


Community Task Force Workshop #2 – April 2019

Materials


Kickoff Meeting — December 2018

Materials (PDF)

Meeting Summary

Arapahoe Square Design Advisory Board

Ballpark Collective

Bicycle Colorado

 Bike Denver

 Blake 27

City Council ( Districts 9 and 10)

CityLive

Clements Historic District Neighborhood Association

Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Colorado Rockies

CU Denver - Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Cultural Arts Residential Organization

Curtis Park Neighbors

Denver Art Museum

Denver Broncos

Denver Convention Center

Denver Streets Partnership

Downtown Denver BID

Downtown Denver Partnership Mobility Council

Downtown Denver Partnership Public Realm Council

Downtown Denver Partnership Retail Council

Enterprise Hill Homeowners Association

Five Points BlD

Five Points Business District

Five Points Historic Association

Golden Triangle Creative District

Greenway Foundation

Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC)

Larimer Place Condominium Association

Lo Do District, Inc.

Lower Downtown Design Review Board

Lower Downtown Historic District

Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association (LoDoNA)

Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee

Mayor's Multi-Modal Advisory Committee

Mayor's Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Monarch Mills HOA

Pepsi Center

Rio Norte

Riverfront Park Association

RTD Citizen's Advisory Committee

The Central Platte Valley - Auraria District RNO

The Points Historical Redevelopment Corp

The River Mile

Union Station Advocates

Union Station North

Vision Zero

Visit Denver

Walk Denver

Windsor Condominium Association

 

For questions or more information, contact the Denver Moves: Downtown project team 

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