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Denver's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) repairs and improves public streets with services that include paving, pothole patching, curb and gutter repairs, and curb ramp installation.

Weekly Paving Update for the week of: October 19, 2020

Denver’s annual paving program is underway to improve streets for all modes of travel in the Mile High City!  Before work begins, adjacent homes will be notified and no parking signs will be placed on the street.  We ask residents to make every attempt to move their cars for this work to occur so we can keep our city’s infrastructure in good repair.  Cars left on the street when work begins will be moved, normally within a two-block radius of where the car was parked.  Residents who need help locating their cars can call the city’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000 for assistance. With parking in high demand given the COVID-19 work from home recommendations, residents will not receive citations if their cars need to be moved, until further notice.

Current Work Plan

Here’s is the current work plan.  All work is weather-dependent and schedules subject to change.

CIVIC CENTER: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on Cherokee from Colfax to Speer

GREEN VALLEY RANCH: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on Genoa St from E 42nd to Scott Place

GREEN VALLEY RANCH: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on Gibraltar Way from Genoa St to Flanders Way

GREEN VALLEY RANCH: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on E 42nd Ave from Ensendada St to Mitchell Drive

MONTBELLO: A street maintenance crew will mill and pave on Dillion St from Bolling to Andrews Drive

WASHINGTON PARK: A street maintenance crew will mill on Downing from Harvard to Kentucky.


ADA Ramps and Curb & Gutter Construction

ADA ramp, curb, gutter and other concrete construction, asphalt and landscape work for the week of October 26, 2020 (weather permitting):

  • Bear Valley: W. Dartmouth Avenue between S. Lamar and S. Harlan Streets; W. Columbia Place between S. Harlan Street and S. Golden Way; W. Yale Avenue between S. Fenton Street and S. Ames Way; and W. Bates Avenue between S. Ivan way and S. Golden Way (Keene) Project Manager: Derek Miles
  • Cory-Merrill: E. Louisiana Avenue between S. University Boulevard and S. Steele Street (Silva) Project Manager: James Mead
  • Five Points: Park Avenue from E. Colfax Avenue to E. 20th Avenue (Silva) Project Manager: Tony Romero
  • Hilltop: Alley located between E. 1st and 2nd Avenues from Ash Street to Bellaire Street (Chatos) Project Manager: Tony Romero
  • South Park Hill: Newport Street between E. 17th and E. 18th Avenues, E. Montview Boulevard between Krameria and Oneida Streets, E. 19th between Niagara and Newport Streets (Chatos) Project Manager: Tony Romero
  • Washington/Virginia Vale: Driveway on south side of E. Alameda Avenue east of S. Colorado Boulevard (Chatos) Project Manager: Tony Romero

Maintenance and Improvement

Road closures may be required for construction, street maintenance, or special events. All closures to the public right of way require a permit from the City and County of Denver. The permit requires construction companies to resolve all local access issues during a closure.

Potholes and sinkholes may have similar appearances but their causes are different. Both are deformations in the pavement that collect water, can be jarring to hit, and in extreme cases, cause damage to our cars.\

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Water, freezing temperatures and vehicle loads can combine to break apart the surface of a pavement. These can rapidly develop into potholes that range in severity from a nuisance to a significant safety problem. Street maintenance has crews that are out daily as weather allows looking for and patching potholes. In warm weather most potholes are patched with hot asphalt, but in winter months the potholes are patched with temporary cold asphalt to make the street safe until warm weather allows for a more permanent repair.


Occasionally a problem will occur beneath a street where soil washes away. This usually occurs when a break occurs to an underground pipe. The pavement will settle into the void, creating a sinkhole. The initial appearance of a sinkhole is similar to a pothole. Street Maintenance and other agencies will investigate all suspected sinkholes for underlying problems and then perform a permanent repair to utilities if warranted and then the pavement.

Concrete/ADA Ramp Program

Starting in 2015, Denver greatly expanded pedestrian ramp construction to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992 (ADA).

According to ADA standards, newly constructed or altered streets must contain curb ramps. As a result, Street Maintenance’s Annual Concrete Program will prioritize the installation of ADA pedestrian ramps in all locations where the Street Maintenance Division is planning to do street work and a ramp may need to be replaced. Performing ramp improvements before the street work is done saves money, preventing new street work from being damaged by ramp construction. ADA acessibility is mandated at all intersections.

Similarly, reported curb and gutter damage will be inspected and any necessary repairs will be prioritized accordingly. The City’s goal is to perform repairs prior to, or in conjunction with, the annual paving program and address spot repairs based upon severity and coordination with other requests to allow the work to be performed in an efficient manner.


City ordinances establish that abutting property owners are responsible for installation, repair, and maintenance of all sidewalks within the public right-of-way in the City of Denver. If requested, the City will inspect sidewalks, and if they are found to be in need of maintenance, notify property owners of their responsibility to arrange for repairs. Denver Public Works may assist with maintenance of sidewalks near some public facilities and in certain areas of the public right-of-way.

Learn more about sidewalk programs at

Sidewalk Reporting Policy

Damaged sidewalk complaints must be submitted with a verifiable requestor name, address and phone number. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact your City Council representative to report the issue on your behalf.

  • The City allows one complaint per year per complainant and will not accept lists of complaints or multiple addresses.  
    Contact 311 to make a report.
  • All anonymous complaints with an appearance of harassment or discrimination will be discarded and similar new ones will not be accepted.

The City of Denver is responsible for the maintenance of curbs and gutters along public streets in the City. In those areas where no curbs exist, the City will require developers to install curbs if property development/redevelopment is occurring, or in select cases, the City may install curb lines as part of other capital maintenance activities. In instances where sidewalks and curbs have been constructed as one unit, the City will make an assessment if any needed repairs are the responsibility of the City or the abutting property owner.

The majority of curb repairs made by the City are in conjunction with other projects such as paving operations or utility work. This helps to provide a higher quality project and fewer construction disruptions to any specific street. A citizen may request an inspection and ‘spot’ repair, but these will be made only if a public safety issue is discovered. Repairs to normal aging will be deferred until that entire neighborhood is scheduled for pavement rehabilitation.

Because of ecological impact of unpaved alleys and the economic drain of maintaining them, in 2005 Mayor Hickenlooper created a program to pave with asphalt the more than 1000 unimproved public alleys in the City. The program took approximately 6 years to complete with 100 to 200 alleys being paved each year.

Alley Types and Maintenance

There are four kinds of alleys in Denver, and each is maintained differently.

  • Asphalt Overlaid Alleys
    There are about 1,400 asphalt overlaid alleys in the City & County of Denver. These alleys are constructed of concrete with a layer of asphalt over the concrete. The City maintains all asphalt overlaid alleys using treatments as explained in paving options for streets and alleys.
  • Unimproved Alleys
    There are less than 150 undedicated unimproved alleys in the City and County of Denver. There is a program in underway to pave these remaining alleys in asphalt by the end of 2016.
  • Concrete Alleys
    There are nearly 2500 concrete alleys in the City and County of Denver. Public Works maintains the city's concrete alleys using treatments as explained in paving options for streets and alleys.
  • Asphalt Alleys
    When the Unimproved Alley Paving Program is complete there will be approximately 1000 asphalt alleys. Public Works maintains these alleys using treatments as explained in paving options for streets and alleys.

Street Lights

Street Lights or Street Lamps come in a variety of shapes, styles and sizes, but in general, the term refers to the lights that are on the sidewalks or the sides of streets and shed light on the right-of-way.

Street lights in the City of Denver are maintained by Xcel Energy. Any street light problems should be reported to them using their Outdoor Lighting Outage form.

New street or alley light request

Traffic lights and signals (sometimes referred to as a "Traffic Light" or "Stop Light,") are the red, yellow and green lights that direct traffic at intersections. The correct term for this type of light is "Traffic Signal" or "Illuminated Traffic Signal."

Call 311 or use Pocketgov to report problems with signal lights.


Annual Paving Program

These maps show paving work scheduled in 2020.

NOTE: Maps are subject to change.

  • Hot-In-Place-Recycle (HIPR) heats the top inch of existing asphalt pavement and mixes this with new asphalt. This process is less expensive and more environmental friendly than mill and overlay and provides a pavement that will last 8 to 10 years
  • Chipseal and the related Capeseal are minor surface treatments, relatively inexpensive, that seal and restore the surface of a pavement and adds 6-8 years of life to a pavement
  • Mill/Overlay is a major process where typically the top 2" of pavement are removed by grinding and replaced with new asphalt. This process adds approximately 12 years to the life of a pavement
  • Major Machine Patch crews cut out section of the roadway for repair anywhere from 50' to 200' long and 10' to 30' wide and 8" deep and apply 7 tons or more of asphalt for repair

Request a repair or report a problem

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Outside Denver: Call 720-913-1311
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