Safety treatments being implemented along the corridor from 6th to Colfax Avenues include:
Additionally, in late October, local artists Jennifer Chaparro, Alexi High, and Bimmer Torres will paint street murals to further enhance the uniqueness of the Santa Fe corridor along the new placemaking buffer for pedestrians at the intersections of 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th Avenues.
DOTI will evaluate the streetscape treatments to determine a longer-term vision for the corridor.
Installation of the streetscape improvements along Santa Fe has begun! Below is the installation schedule (weather permitting):
While work is underway, there will be lane closures and parking restrictions between 6th and 14th Avenues.
The DOTI Project Team is finalizing the engineering design plans and coordinating with the 13th / 14th Avenues Protected Bike Lane project team (also scheduled for installation this summer) on overlapping design and installation schedule. The Team continues to work with the Santa Fe Business Improvement District (BID) Board on finalizing streetscape elements We will provide you with an update if there are any changes to our schedule.
In our Winter 2020 update, we informed you that our Santa Fe Streetscape Artist Committee selected three local artist who will enhance Santa Fe Drive with their artistic talents in three buffer areas within the project boundary. Below is a bit more information on who they are. Please visit their websites or social media pages to learn more about them.
The project team is continuing work to develop conceptual design and meet the goal of installing the pilot project in 2020, meeting several important milestones in summer 2019.
August First Friday: The project team joined with stakeholders, the surrounding community and other volunteers to highlight the streetscape enhancements envisioned for the Santa Fe Corridor to make the street more pedestrian friendly. The pop-up demonstration utilized materials such as duct tape, artificial grass, flowers, trees, spray chalk paint, stencils, tables, and chairs to transform the north half of the 800 block of Santa Fe Drive into a space that provided additional space for pedestrians.
Sante Fe Streetscape Setup (Timelapse video)
Santa Fe Streetscape Pop-up (Timelapse video)
Through this outreach effort, the project team estimates that 500 to 750 individuals provided important feedback for the Santa Fe project. Thank you to everyone who participated in the pop-up demonstration!
Traffic Analysis: A micro-traffic simulation analysis is underway and will help clarify the impact of the lane reduction on future traffic on Santa Fe and the surrounding neighborhoods with an emphasis on ensuring transit service along the corridor is reliable and on-time. The project team anticipates providing the findings from the micro-traffic simulation in late 2019.
Call for Artists: As part of the Santa Fe Streetscape Project, funding was set aside to support a local artist(s) in developing and installing public artwork as a complement to the proposed streetscape improvements. The first committee meeting for the call-for-artists was held on August 22, 2019. As this process moves forward, updates will be provided online and to the Stakeholder Committee.
After two project stakeholder meetings and two pop-up public meetings, the community has identified a preferred streetscape design for Santa Fe to enhance safety and mobility for all modes of transportation, improve and enhance the pedestrian experience, and strengthen the Santa Fe business community.
The preferred alternative for the Santa Fe corridor creates programmable pedestrian space within the existing public right-of-way and maintains parking access to the businesses along the Santa Fe corridor.
Current data gathered and analyzed by the project consultant team supports the preferred alternative outlined above. Vehicle counts performed shows that Santa Fe has a strong AM peak for one hour a day. The rest of the time, the roadway does not see congestion.
The project team has been requested to perform additional traffic modeling and analysis to better assess the impact of the lane reduction along the corridor, with a specific focus on the impacts to transit travel time reliability and intersection delay at 8th Avenue. This additional modeling provides the chance to also gather existing pedestrian and bicycle utilization and model the impact on those modes.
With the request for additional data collection and modeling, we are now targeting the implementation of the pilot project for Spring 2020. This change in schedule will allow the project team to put more emphasis on the design of the new pedestrian realm and individualize each block according to the creative needs and designs of our businesses and residents, while establishing a thoughtful maintenance arrangement.