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November 2020 Virtual Open House Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the virtual open house on Nov. 17 to learn more about the 56th Avenue Travel and Safety Improvements Project and the Green Valley Ranch Boulevard Project. DOTI enjoyed sharing information with the community and hearing what's important to the neighborhood. 

If you were unable to attend the virtual open house, please visit our virtual platform to view the meeting recording, review project information presented at the meeting and submit any questions, comments or general feedback to the project team.

56th Avenue Travel & Safety Improvements: Peoria Street to Peña Boulevard

As part of the Elevate Denver Bond Program, which voters approved in 2017 to help make our streets safer and more efficient for everyone, Denver's Department of Transportation & Infrastructure, or DOTI, will make several improvements along 56th Avenue from Peoria Street to Pena Boulevard to help move more people, safely, whether they’re in a car, on a bike, on foot or taking transit. The project, which is still in the design stages, will incorporate the following enhancements along this highly-traveled stretch of 56th Avenue:

  • Widen the roadway from one to two travel lanes in each direction to ease vehicle congestion
  • Add a new concrete median to separate eastbound and westbound vehicle traffic and to carve out a safe place pedestrians can stop in the middle of the street, if needed, before continuing to cross
  • Install new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings
  • Build a new multi-use path along the north side of 56th Avenue for pedestrians and people on bikes, which will provide better connections to neighborhood bike lanes and to the trail system at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Improve drainage along 56th Avenue and Uvalda Street

56th Avenue serves as a major east-west regional thoroughfare and a major connection to Denver International Airport (DEN) and the Montbello and Parkfield neighborhoods.  Construction is expected to begin late summer/early fall 2021.


Project Goals

The goals of this project are to:

  • Develop more convenient, safer access to the Montbello neighborhood from 56th Avenue
  • Improve mobility and capacity along the thoroughfare
  • Provide safe access from the neighborhood to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
  • Connect seamlessly with the Peña Boulevard interchange project
  • Install medians to enhance pedestrian and vehicular safety
  • Establish 56th Avenue as a gateway to the Montbello and Parkfield neighborhoods

Project area map for 56th Avenue Widening Project from Peoria Street to Pena Blvd 

Project Status: Design Ongoing
  • Traffic analysis and data collection: Ongoing
  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) release: Fall 2020
  • Request for Proposals (RFP) release: Early 2021
  • Construction contract award: Fall 2021
  • Begin construction: Fall/Winter 2021