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The Denver Post and Next City covered our June 3rd design demonstration, highlighting that this might be the first effort in the USA to shut down an interchange to showcase potential re-designs. We had great food, great music, and great discussions about the cloverleaf. Thanks to all the fantastic volunteers who helped us pull this off!

View the video from the day-of!


Project Description:

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 brings 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 2017 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 is developing a design demonstration of potential short- and long term re-designs and re-uses planned for spring 2018.  At the same time the urban planning/engineering firm OTAK is developing visualizations of recommended re-configurations for community assessment, including one plan that originated from the community.

Over the Colfax Clover Brochure & Timeline:

Proposed long-term design options:

Recent project presentation with proposed long-term designs here.

Key Outcomes:

Community priorities are reflected in these video interviews, in our City as Play exercise shown on this video, and summarized here:


Project Team: West Colfax Business Improvement District, WalkDenver, Critter Thompson Consulting 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 dshah@westcolfaxbid.org or 303-623-3232.