The City and County of Denver is working to address gaps in its sidewalk network so that people can get where they want to go on foot, more safely and easily. The city’s Sidewalk Gap Program is constructing new sidewalks where they’re currently missing to deliver on goals established by the community through the Denver Moves: Pedestrians & Trails planning effort. These goals include:
The Sidewalk Gap Program is funded primarily by GO Bond dollars approved by voters in November 2017. The bond included $47.7 million to fill existing gaps in the sidewalk network, with $17 million specifically earmarked for the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.
The city is focused on constructing new sidewalks on public property and is prioritizing projects that provide people with better access to transit and that will improve pedestrian safety along roadways with higher crash rates.
Sidewalk Gap Construction Hotline: 720-460-9055
(English & Spanish)
During business hours, our goal is to return calls promptly. Please allow some time for a response before using other contacts provided on this site.
Here is list of locations where Denver is planning to build sidewalks in 2020. This list is weather dependent and subject to change.
Several months before construction, land surveyors will check for potential conflicts between private property lines and sidewalk gap construction. Any special landscaping or hardscape (fences, walls, boulders, etc) in the right-of-way will be noted.
Several weeks prior to construction, the City project team will contact property owners and residents with a door flyer or by mail to share project information, including the names of project managers and their contact information. Property owners who may have private property impacts will be given advance notice and the City project team will work with them to address structures or plantings that must be moved. There may, on rare occasions, be properties that will require very limited property acquisition in order to install the sidewalk.
Two days before construction, door hangers will be placed by the construction contractor. Door hangers will contain basic parking and construction information, as well as contact information for the hotline, website, and project manager. The project team will post regular community updates through the City webpage as sidewalk construction progresses.
“No Parking” signs will be placed on the street immediately prior to construction and remain for the duration of the project. While street parking will be restricted, the street will remain open as much as possible for cars and pedestrians. Preparing, pouring, and curing a single city block of new sidewalk takes approximately two weeks.
During construction concrete is poured into forms to create the new sidewalk. If required, the asphalt, existing curb, gutter, and immediate sidewalk area may be dug up to allow for construction of new pedestrian ramps. Construction tape and barriers protect the concrete while it cures. Bad weather may delay construction.
Once the concrete cures, the forms are removed, the soil backfilled, and the asphalt is patched. Repairs will take place shortly after all concrete work in the area is complete and cured, weather permitting. In winter months, repairs may have to wait until spring. Homeowners are advised to keep their door hangers until construction is complete.
If a garden wall, fence or other private property is located within City right-of-way, it may have to be disturbed or removed in order to accommodate construction of the new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. The City is not responsible for replacing fences or other hardscaping installed on City property.
Construction crews are instructed to keep landscape and tree removals to a minimum and will only disturb what is necessary to install the new sidewalk and pedestrian ramps. City project managers will contact homeowners in advance of construction so that, where possible, landscaping can be safely removed by the homeowner for replanting after sidewalk construction is complete. In the case of mature trees, the City Forester may be called upon for additional consultation.
The adjacent property owner or resident is responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk and the pedestrian ramps adjoining their property. The resident is responsible for clearing the sidewalk and ramps of snow, leaves and debris.
Please see additional information at denvergov.org/snow.
YES and NO. 24-48 hours before construction begins, the City’s contractor will put up “No Parking” signs on your block. You will not be able to park in the immediate area during construction in order to leave room for construction vehicles, materials and personnel.
However, only the immediate area around the construction site will have restricted parking. Other parts of the street may not be impacted.
If trash, recycling, and compost are picked up in front of your residence, please move your bins across the street and out of the construction area to ensure weekly trash collection. Trash collection will resume on your side of the street once the 'NO PARKING' signs are removed.
In some cases, part of a driveway or driveway apron may have to be reconstructed to work seamlessly with the new sidewalk, curb, and gutter. Residents can expect to lose access to their driveways for 3-5 days. If daily driveway access is essential, the project manager will work with the resident to craft temporary access during construction.