The Sanderson Gulch construction project between S. Lipan Street and S. Platte River Drive will reduce flood risk to nearby properties, improve water quality flowing into the South Platte River and create a more pleasant public area for the community to enjoy. The project involves installing larger storm drainage pipes to provide greater protection during bigger storm events, and a naturalized channel to manage and clean water during smaller storm events. The project will take approximately 12 months to complete.
Denver Water will continue to work on the relocation of the water line and electrical utility in S. Platte River Drive. You may see the large pipes being used for this water line relocation as you drive by the area. Northbound traffic on S. Platte River Drive at W. Florida Avenue will continue to be closed, with a detour to S. Lipan Street. The timing of the traffic lights at S. Platte River Drive at W. Florida Avenue has been adjusted to move traffic more efficiently.
Finally, you may have noticed another construction project on the east side of S. Platte River Drive at W. Florida Avenue. This project is not associated with the Sanderson Gulch Stormwater project, it is a Denver Metro Sewer project.
A water main and service line replacement project is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 8 on West Alaska Place from South Pecos Street to South Tejon Street. Letters have been distributed to all residents and businesses in the project area and reminders will be distributed a few days before the project begins. We anticipate the project will take about one month to complete.
Crews will do their best to complete the project as scheduled; however, projects are occasionally delayed by unmarked underground utilities, weather and emergency water main breaks. Water service emergencies, such as main breaks in other parts of Denver Water’s system may take precedence over this project. The crew may leave at a moment’s notice to work on those emergencies and may not return the following day.
Denver Water crews install or replace an average of 60,000 feet of pipe a year. Additional information on pipe replacement projects can be found at www.denverwater.org/pipes
So far this year, 11 people have died in crashes along Federal, including seven pedestrians. The rate of fatalities on Federal Boulevard is currently 20 times higher than the urban rate on Colorado roadways. Denver’s Vision Zero sets a goal that none of these deaths are acceptable.
Next week, the city, in conjunction with CDOT, will begin making enhancements at 10 intersections on Federal between Virginia and Jewell, adjusting signal timing to activate the pedestrian signal every cycle. Following those improvements, at five of these intersections the city will add new pedestrian countdown indicators (where there currently are none). And a few weeks following these improvements, the city will install a pedestrian head start at 7 of these 10 intersections.
In the coming weeks, the city also will be testing new crash analysis technology at 10th, Howard and Holden, and following that will be implementing similar pedestrian signal improvements at these intersections.
Later this year and into early 2018, the city will make additional pedestrian and safety upgrades at Howard and Kentucky.
Below are the specific changes to each intersection.
(LPI = Leading Pedestrian Interval (4 seconds), ped recall = pedestrian signal comes up every time)
Virginia: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Exposition: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Kentucky: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Mississippi: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal
Louisiana: Ped recall, new countdown ped signal, LPI
Arkansas: Ped recall, LPI
Florida: Ped recall
Iowa/Mexico mid-block: Ped recall
Colorado: Ped recall, LPI
Jewell: Ped recall, LPI
The next meeting will be held at 9 a.m. November 8, 2017 at the District 4 Commander's Meeting, 2100 South Clay Street. All are welcome.
Did you know during the month of October, you can win great prizes, save money, and get recognition just for carpooling, taking the light rail/bus, riding a bike or even walking to work? That’s because “Go-Tober” is a month away! The DRCOG program encourages people to commute smarter year-round and find ways to travel to work other than driving alone. Last year, City employees who took the “Go-Tober” challenge saved an average of $45 and logged enough trips to get from Downtown Denver to Frisco almost 900 times! If you’re up for the challenge, register your company at http://waytogotober.org. The winners will be announced on November 1!
New community input opportunity: The Denver Moves: Transit team has started to identify, evaluate, and prioritize where major transit capital investments (e.g., rail, bus rapid transit, new transfer facilities, etc.) could be in Denver. We need your input to help inform the final recommendations. Please share with your community the new online survey to tell us where they would like to see major transit investments and services in Denver. The transit plan team will also be back out in the community in August and September offering a number of in-person opportunities to provide input about transit corridors – information about where we’ll be is here and on the Denveright calendar.
Blueprint and Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails are hosting workshops/public meetings in August and September – click on the links for more information: Blueprint(PDF), Denver Moves: Pedestrians and Trails
Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced a reorganization of Denver Public Works to elevate and better address the city’s growing transportation and mobility needs. The restructuring will serve as a precursor to the proposed new cabinet-level Department of Transportation and Mobility.
“We all know the challenges we face – worsening congestion and safety and limited mobility options,” Mayor Hancock said. “Those challenges impact our economy, environment, health and overall quality of life. Restructuring Denver Public Works to elevate transportation and mobility – now one of the highest priorities for the people of Denver – and then creating a new Department of Transportation and Mobility will advance our ability to move more people, more efficiently and more safely.”
The next Public Works executive director will be responsible for implementing the reorganization by first creating two divisions within the department: a public works division and a mobility division. A candidate review process for the new executive director is currently underway.
The reorganization will consolidate mobility policy and planning, parking, right of way and traffic engineering operations and maintenance under one roof, while the Public Works division will continue to manage solid waste, wastewater, water quality, fleet management and other essential services.
“Increasing mobility options in Denver is of utmost importance and the decision to elevate the city’s transportation focus is the right one at the right time,” said Denver City Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman (Dist. 5) who serves on the Mayor’s mobility task force. “This move sends a profound message to our community regarding one of their top priorities that the city will be applying concentrated resources for more effective and efficient mobility for our citizens.”
Restructuring DPW in the near-term will allow for a smooth transition to a new Department of Transportation and Mobility and will expedite decision-making and project delivery for Denver residents. Establishing a cabinet-level department with these duties requires an amendment to the Denver city charter, which entails referral by Denver City Council and approval by Denver voters. The decision follows an analysis by Sam Schwartz City Strategies, which examined optimal organizational structures to help city leaders better address Denver’s growing transportation and mobility needs.
“The employees at Denver Public Works care deeply about our city and our goal is for this reorganization to enhance their efforts to keep Denver safe, vibrant and moving forward,” the Mayor added.
The Mayor’s announcement comes as the city prepares to seek voter approval in November for a $900 million General Obligation bond. The largest portion of bond proceeds will fund improvements to Denver’s street, bridge, pedestrian and bicycle networks.
Denver Parks and Recreation will begin improvements to the Washington Park Loop Road. Weather permitting, construction will begin the week of June 19 and is estimated to be completed in approximately 4 weeks. During construction, access to all interior parking lots will be available, and detours will be clearly identified with temporary signage and barriers.
Prior to construction, parallel parking along the Washington Park Loop Road will be removed to improve safety and widen lanes to establish a more uniform and intuitive lane configuration as recommended in the 2015 Washington Park Loop Safety Plan and the 2011 Washington Park Master Plan. Temporary signage will be posted notifying park users of the upcoming lane reconfigurations and the schedule and removal of the remaining parallel parking spaces on the Loop Road.
Modifications will include:
For more information on the Washington Park Loop Safety Plan, visit our website.
Check out the newly redesigned website about Photo Enforcement, which includes speed vans and red light cameras. Here you’ll find answers to questions like, “How are enforcement locations chosen” and “why are tickets issued for stopping past the stop-bar?”
You can also request enforcement to address speeding problem areas that you are concerned about. The Photo Enforcement team will look into the street to determine if a speed van can help address the issue.
Using modern and reliable technology to make our roads safer for everyone, Denver is committed to smarter safety.
With Memorial Day and weekend approaching, the Denver Police Department reminds those who consume marijuana and/or alcohol to not get behind the wheel. During the holiday weekend, the Denver Police Department will operate DUI checkpoints and impaired driving saturation patrols at various locations throughout the city. Although the locations, dates, and times are undisclosed, drivers should be aware of the extra patrols and plan ahead for safe travels this weekend and always.
“As Denverites honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country this Memorial Day Weekend, we ask them to do so responsibly,” said Robert C. White, Denver Police Chief. “With the many transportation options in and around town, there is no excuse to drive while being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Please plan ahead and make it a safe weekend for everyone!”
During Memorial Day Weekend in 2016, 46 drivers were arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Denver. Be smart, safe and consume responsibly.
As part of the City’s South Broadway Reconstruction Project to improve the roadway surface and enhance mobility along the corridor, paving will occur in the intersection of West Kentucky Avenue at South Broadway starting Friday, May 12 at 9:00am. This work will require the intersection to close at Kentucky until Monday morning.
The right turn lane from Kentucky Avenue to South Broadway will remain open for eastbound traffic only. Traffic will be allowed through the intersection on South Broadway and will be reduced to one lane from Ohio to Tennessee Avenues while work is underway. Drivers trying to access RTD’s I-25 and Broadway Light Rail Station are urged to take Ohio Avenue as an alternate route to the station.
In addition, the southbound entrance to I-25 on northbound Broadway will have a new access pattern. Cars can enter the interstate at this location, however, buses, trucks and larger vehicles will be detoured to enter I-25 southbound at Alameda.
Drivers should expect delays during construction.
We are excited to announce that the South Broadway Reconstruction project is 75 percent complete! Thanks to warmer weather, a lot has been accomplished and the team has been hard at work. The project was expected to be finished by the end of July 2017, but is on track to finish one month early, with full use of roads two months before the designated completion in late August. Work on Mississippi west of South Broadway should be complete before Memorial Day weekend. This will include a beautiful new elevated walkway. Streetscaping and landscaping are expected to be done in June. This includes new streetscaping features with brick pavers, landscaping planters, and amenities such as new bike racks, new trash receptacles, and new benches to relax and take in the gorgeous Colorado views. Read more about the project update by downloading the PDF.
The Cinco de Mayo holiday will soon be upon us. Each year, metro area residents and visitors from adjoining states come to Denver to take part in one of the nation’s largest celebrations, commemorating the battle that took place in the City of Puebla in Mexico in 1862. This holiday stands as a symbol of the unyielding spirit and quest for freedom of Mexican citizens from an oppressive invader. This holiday was first celebrated in the City of Puebla only. Latinos across our great nation have embraced this Mexican Holiday, making it their own. Latinos and non-Latinos alike take great pride in celebrating Mexican culture and history.
Learn more about traffic concerns on Federal that might come with this celebration.
Starting at 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, a Denver Water contractor will close Sheridan Boulevard between West 28th Avenue and West 32nd Avenue to accommodate vital upgrades to the water system.
This closure will last until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, at which point crews will open a single lane on northbound Sheridan Boulevard. Southbound Sheridan Boulevard will stay closed. Traffic will remain in this configuration until 6 a.m. on Monday, May 8.
After 6 a.m. on May 8, various single-lane closures will continue in each direction on Sheridan Boulevard as needed, as part of an ongoing project to upgrade portions of an underground vault, which began in mid-April.
These traffic impacts will continue through the end of the project, which is expected to be completed in early June. Any additional closures will be announced once details and schedules are finalized.
Drivers should avoid the area if possible, using signed detour routes to Federal Boulevard or Wadsworth Boulevard to navigate around the work. Pedestrian detour routes also will be posted.
Denver Water has notified customers who may experience water outages during this project.
For more information, members of the public are encouraged to call the project hotline at 303-628-6788, or visit www.denverwater.org/sheridan.
Vaults are underground rooms with valves used to control the pressure and flow of water through pipes. This upgrade is part of an ongoing effort to maintain Denver Water’s aging infrastructure and will improve the reliability of water service for the area.
Watch “A trip underground, into The Twilight Zone” to learn more about Denver Water’s work to upgrade its vaults.
Date: March 17, 2017
Project Number: 2017-SRVY-0000014
Area Proposed for Paving: The Alley Bounded by: W. 2nd, W. 3rd, Acoma and
Deadline for Response Date: April 5, 2017 (by the end of the business day)
The City has funded a paving program for unpaved private alleys in Denver that are accessed, both historically and currently, for trash, utilities and the like. The alley adjacent to your property has been identified as one to be paved, unless there are objections that would remove this particular alley from the pavement program.
This paving will be done at NO direct cost to the adjacent property owners. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me (720) 865-3153, or you may send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be SURE you reference the Project Number shown above.
If you have any objections to the paving of this private alley, please submit your written objections no later than the Deadline Response Date shown above. Any protests or approvals must include the project number listed above, and should be addressed in writing to:
Jose Cornejo, P.E.
Executive Director – Dept. of Public Works
Attention: ROWS – Alley Paving
201 W Colfax Ave, Dept 608
Denver, CO 80202
We will respond to all objectors, and paving will not begin until all objections are addressed. All objections will be kept on file and part of public record available at this office. If no objections are received by the Response Deadline shown above, the City will add this alley to its 2017 paving program and you will receive additional information closer to the time the paving will begin.
Starting today, Denver Public Works will begin making improvements to a storm line that runs under Evans Avenue in east Denver. This work will require travel to be reduced to one lane in each direction from Holly to Grape Streets. This travel configuration will be in place through Wednesday, March 29.
Message boards will be in place in advance along Evans Avenue to alert commuters about the work and encourage them to use alternate routes. Drivers should expect delays while work is underway. The public’s patience and cooperation during construction is greatly appreciated. All work is weather dependent and subject to change.
Residential seasonal street sweeping begins Tuesday, April 4, and Denver Public Works needs your help to keep the Mile High City clean! Denver Public Works Street Maintenance crews sweep residential streets from April through November and encourage you to SHOW YOUR PRIDE AND MOVE YOUR RIDE on your sweeping day!
Residents are advised to pay attention to the red and white signs posted on their block for street sweeping parking restrictions, so Denver Public Works can provide the best street sweeping service possible. Residential streets in Denver are only swept once per month where posted (not every block has restrictions), so please be sure to move your vehicle according to the signs on your block to avoid a $50.00 parking citation.
Remember to always follow the sweeping time restrictions on your block and refrain from parking during the restricted times posted, even if it appears a sweeper has already cleaned the street, as sweepers may need to return to the area for additional sweeping.
Want a reminder about your street sweeping day?
* Residents can sign up for street sweeping reminders through pocketgov, the City’s mobile web application. Pocketgov provides user-friendly access to city services via mobile device or a home computer. After creating a simple user profile, residents can receive both email and text notifications.
* Request “No Parking” sticker reminders for your calendar by calling Denver’s customer service line at 3-1-1.
Street sweeping plays a critical role in keeping Denver’s streets, air and water clean. Denver Public Works’ Street Sweeping Program removes dirt, leaves and debris from city streets, which reduces air and water pollution and supports a clean environment. Last year, Denver street sweeping crews swept 143,112 lane miles of Denver streets and collected 62,848 cubic yards of dirt and debris.
Denver has committed to eliminating traffic deaths. Every person matters and traffic fatalities are preventable. As a part of this mission, Denver would like your feedback regarding streets, sidewalks, intersection and all transportation related locations in Denver.
Show us the places that concern you or the places that you think are great for transportation and safety. 1) Locations of concern, or 2) Locations that are awesome. Both of these will inform our future actions.
*Note: This is not a substitute for 3-1-1. If you have a specific maintenance,or any other issue, you can submit those via pocketgov or by dialing 3-1-1. If your issue is an emergency, dial 911.
Pedestrian Access on Mississippi between Santa Fe and Broadway to CLOSE MONDAY, During Morning Hours
Pedestrian access along west Mississippi Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and Broadway Street will be closed on Monday, March 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. This is for the safety of the public while concrete is being placed by construction crews.
Pedestrians are advised to take an alternate route during the hours of closure. Those traveling from Broadway Street to the Broadway lightrail station are advised to take public transit traveling westbound on Mississippi Avenue.
Learn more about the lan closures that will be taking place next week. Click here to see the details!
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