The City and County of Denver is planning an ADA-accessible connection underneath the railroad tracks and to the South Platte River Trail, with improved crossings and new sidewalks for pedestrians and people on bikes.
The new path will enhance multimodal safety and connectivity in the adjacent neighborhoods, provide ADA access under the railroad tracks, and improve comfort for people travling near Santa Fe Drive/US-85 and the D-18 bike route.
Proposed Iowa Underpass Improvements
2018: Study and Planning
2018-2020: Design Process
Council District: 7
Neighborhoods: Overland, Platt Park
In September 2019, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) mandated the City and County of Denver take the necessary actions and steps to ensure the historic nature of the underpass and historic properties are preserved appropriately.
In an effort to preserve the places that make Colorado unique, the next steps for the project will determine the effects of proposed work on listed properties. The final project will meet its established purpose to accommodate pedestrians and other trail users safely and effectively.
Construction schedules will be determined based on these factors; the City will provide updates as information is available.
In May 2011, the City and County of Denver published Denver Moves. The initiative expands the vision for the non-motorized transportation and recreation system in denver, identifying the next phase of priorities for making bicycle and multi-use connections in the Mile High City.