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City of Denver begins working on improving East Colfax to enhance pedestrian safety

Low-cost improvements coming to East Colfax
Posted: 3:58 PM, Jan 09, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-14 10:14:15-05
East Colfax upgrade

DENVER -- As cars drive back and forth on East Colfax, the city of Denver is getting to work.

Over the next several weeks, crews will be upgrading 15 intersections along the Colfax corridor to enhance safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Executive Director Eulois Cleckley with the Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure said the upgrades to all intersections will cost about $120,000.

"We are providing what is called hardened center lines for the purpose of slowing vehicles down and making sure that there is a clear line of demarcation along the travel lanes that exist between the travel lanes that exist on this stretch of East Colfax."

The intersections that will be upgraded along E. Colfax Avenue include: Grant Street, Logan Street, Pearl Street, Washington Street, Clarkson Street, Lafeyette Street, High Street, Adams Street and Hudson Street.

E Colfax Ave intersection improvements

For Marc Anthony Brown, who has been walking along E. Colfax Avenue for years, he said it comes with its risks.

"My neighbor got hit by a car down the street, I’ve yelled at several drivers because they’re not looking when I’m crossing over, they’re making turns without looking both ways," he said.

City officials said last year, there were five people seriously injured in crashes along East Colfax. No deaths were reported. Across the entire city, there were 67 traffic deaths in 2019.

Crews will continue moving east on Colfax as they complete each intersection.