DOTI will Maintain Shared Streets into the Winter Months with a Few Adjustments
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 23, 2020|
DENVER – Denver will continue to operate its shared streets initiative through the 2020-2021 winter season, providing space for people to walk and bike amid COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, and in the next few weeks, will begin introducing new configurations and materials along these stretches to withstand the elements and improve safety.
Changes will occur first along four shared streets that are also primary plow routes. At the locations below, DOTI will replace existing orange barricades with heavier, water-filled barriers and other traffic calming treatments that big plows can maneuver around:
The new materials and configurations will be temporary in nature, but sturdier than barricades requiring less daily maintenance to ensure they remain in place. They’ll also eliminate the need for staff to physically move dozens of barricades before snow events, protecting the health and safety of DOTI workers.
Other streets currently closed to thru-traffic for social distancing, including those around Sloan’s Lake and on Marion Parkway from Virginia to Downing, will be also reinforced with new materials in another round of improvements scheduled in early 2021.
Meanwhile, in coordination with Council offices, DOTI is looking to identify two new shared street locations to replace two sections that have not been particularly well-utilized: Franklin St. from 30th to 37th Ave and Irving Street from 2nd Ave to Gill Pl. Staff also plans to permanently remove the barricades on E. 11th Avenue, east of Cheesman Park, from Race St to Colorado Blvd, where vehicle volumes are low.
DOTI will once again assess its shared street initiative as spring approaches and in coordination with the latest developments in Denver’s battle with COVID-19. The most current listing of Denver’s shared streets can be found on the city’s website.
About Denver Shared Streets Initiative
In April 2020, after Denver announced stay at home orders to reduce to spread of COVID-19, the city’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) closed several stretches of roadway to thru-traffic to provide residents with places to walk and bike amid social distancing rules. Areas prioritized for shared streets were those with greater population densities, where adjacent parks were seeing significant use and reaching capacity, and areas of the city without immediate access to a park or trail. While the roads are closed to thru-traffic, local access is allowed. People in cars are urged to go very slowly and use extreme caution on these shared streets.