The current Colfax and Federal Boulevard Interchange consists of a large, grade-separated “cloverleaf” design. The 29 acre interchange uses a large amount of land to move vehicles through on and off ramps. This design creates dangerous conditions for pedestrians and cyclists, who must deal with high-speed traffic, unsafe crossings, and difficult-to-navigate connection points. In its current design the cloverleaf also poses challenges for drivers, with awkward wayfinding for some ramps.
Over the Colfax Clover will bring together community members, local technical experts and jurisdictional stakeholders to develop short- and long-term design solutions for an intersection that is safer and easier to navigate for all users. At a May 24 design charrette, engineers, urban planners, developers and agency officials explored potential re-designs and land re-uses– a rare opportunity for industry experts and government agencies to efficiently workshop a critical equity issue. Based on these results, a newly formed community active living coalition will develop a design demonstration of potential short- and long term re-designs and re-uses. At the same time an urban planning/engineering firm is developing visualizations of recommended re-configurations for community assessment, including one plan that originated from the community.
August 30th project presentation here.
Site planning for design demonstration through Hands-on Community Session video here and resulting site plan shown here:
See this linked summary Community Priorities, also shown here:
Project Team: West Colfax Business Improvement District, WalkDenver, PlaceMatters and Michael Baker International.
Key Partners: Denver Housing Authority/West Denver Renaissance Initiative, Denver Environmental Health, Del Norte NDC, the Federal Boulevard Partnership, Denver Public Library, local schools and RNOS, Denver Public Works, CDOT and RTD. This multi-year project is funded through Kaiser Permanente.
For more information please contact: Dan Shah, West Colfax Business Improvement District at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-623-3232.