DENVER – The summer construction season is in full swing, and the many traffic delays and detours are putting a strain on commuters in an already congested Denver.
Several projects across the city are in full force or about to get started as crews take advantage of the warmer temperatures.
Here’s a roundup of some of the largest projects this summer:
19th & 20th Avenues Two-Way Conversion
This could get confusing for downtown drivers. The city is converting the previously one-way streets of 19th Avenue and 20th Avenue to two-way traffic through the North Capitol Hill/Uptown area, between approximately Broadway and Park Avenue West. The city hopes the conversion will improve connectivity, provide traffic calming and improve bicycle and pedestrian access.
Construction began Monday. Working hours will be Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work will occur occasionally on the weekends. Business and resident access will be maintained during construction. Detour signs will be posted.
July 10–24: Sherman Street is closed at the 20th Avenue intersection for concrete and storm water work. Traffic will be detoured onto Grant Street. One lane on the north side of 20th Ave will remain open for westbound traffic.
Cherry Creek South Drive Corridor
The project began in May and scheduled to be complete in mid-November. The city says when completed, the project will improve public safety with improved access to the Cherry Creek Trail.
Vehicle traffic on westbound Cherry Creek South Drive between University and Alameda is detoured onto Alameda Avenue. Eastbound traffic will remain on Cherry Creek South Drive.
South Broadway Reconstruction
The project, which has replaced the asphalt surface along South Broadway from Kentucky to Arizona, began two years ago and is expected to continue through the summer when landscaping, streetscaping and additional signage will be completed.