With the remarkable transformation of Stapleton International Airport and Lowry Air Force Base over the last two decades, new residents, businesses, and activity continue to transform northeast Denver. Denver Public Works’ Strategic Transportation Plan and East Side Mobility Plan identified a need to improve connectivity and mobility to address new travel demand and access needs along the Quebec corridor.
Denver Public Works’ Quebec Alternatives Analysis will focus on identifying near-term, livable alternatives for Quebec Street to improve multimodal mobility and address increasing north-south travel demand. The study will analyze the East Side Mobility Plan’s recommendations for improving the mobility and congestion challenges of Quebec Street in greater detail and identify additional options for consideration and screening. The recommendations of the study will also aim to improve access, safety, and connectivity while respecting the community context and environment. Other strategic plans, such as the dynamic bicycle mobility recommendations established by Denver Moves, will be integrated into the study. The study focuses on identifying and implementing transportation solutions ranging from immediate actions to improvements phased over a maximum of 5-10 years.
The study began in the Spring of 2013 and a final report is expected in Spring 2015. While the primary technical focus will be along the Quebec Corridor between 26th Avenue and 6th Avenue, the study will have a larger public outreach area between I-70 and 6th Avenue, extending to Monaco Street on the west and Central Park Boulevard/Yosemite Street on the east.
The analysis has recommended a preferred near-term action to improve multimodal facilities, better accommodate additional travel in the corridor, and reduce current congestion. The recommendations were created and refined through the collaborative work of a Technical Advisory Team of subject-matter experts, an Alternatives Optimization Task Force made of up representatives and organizations from the community, and the general public.
The final Quebec Alternatives Analysis report will be posted on this project website once it is completed in Spring 2015. For more information about the study process to date, please review the project updates and meeting materials located on the right hand side of this page.
FUNDING UPDATE (May 2015)
On April 15, 2015, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) adopted the 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a six-year multimodal transportation program, and announced the grant funding recipients.The TIP identifies federally funded transportation projects that will be implemented in the Denver Region. Included on this list is funding for the design and implementation of a significant portion of the preferred alternative identified in the Quebec Alternatives Analysis. The funded project will construct lanes and other operational improvements on Quebec St. from just south of 13th Ave. to 26th Ave. and will include the following
- One additional lane in each direction from 13th Ave. to Montview Blvd.
- One additional northbound lane from Montview Blvd to 23rd Ave.
- Receiving and/or turning lanes at intersections of 13th Ave., 14th Ave., Colfax, 17th Ave., Montview, and E. 23rd Ave.
- A continuous 5ft sidewalk with a 3ft buffer
- New concrete bus pads, transit amenities, bike parking, and upgrades to signal infrastructure.
The design process will kick-off in early 2016 and will define the ultimate construction project including potential right of way and property impacts associated. The design process, anticipated to last at least one year, will include a public outreach component and provide more opportunities for information sharing and stakeholder feedback. For questions related to the TIP funding award or next steps, please contact the QAA project managers listed below.
Janice Finch, Principal City Planner – Denver Public Works, Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org
Cindy Patton, Principal City Planner – Denver Public Works, Cynthia.email@example.com