DENVER — Police are again planning to restrict traffic along Federal Boulevard in southwest Denver this weekend in response to an uptick of violence in the area in recent weeks.
Federal between 6th Avenue and West Evans Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting on Sunday evening. The restrictions, police have said, will allow first responders to move "in a proactive manner."
“The recent criminal behavior and violence along Federal Boulevard is hindering the rich history of the corridor,” Denver police Chief Paul Pazen said in a news release last week. “Those who live in the area should be able to do so without the fear of violence. Therefore, in addition to the traffic measures, there will be an increase of Denver police officers to ensure everyone’s safety.”
The traffic restrictions, like this past week, will be lifted before Monday morning rush hour.
Police have said this month that large gatherings along Federal have resulted in more illegal activity, including violence and a lack of social distancing among people who are gathering.
Two weeks ago, seven people were shot near Federal and Alameda Avenue, and two of the victims, including a teenager, died. Earlier this month, nine people were shot during a large family gathering in the 1400 block of West Byers. All of the victims survived.