Latest Project Updates (general information follows):
With the results of extensive community input from the June design demonstration and other engagement, we are now moving to decide on a preferred design for Colfax & Federal.
This comes at a critical juncture in the project, with committed City funding and a new long-term redesign option for consideration based on previous community input. We are seeking additional input on a preferred option, as the City and CDOT begin to evaluate project feasibility with $500,000 in the 2019 City budget. Please see the presentation of priorities and design options linked here. We have also created this survey to solicit your priorities for the intersection and design preferences. The presentation also shows plans for interim improvements to the existing ramps. You can also check out this nice Denverite article on the recent Over the Colfax Clover meeting and plans.
We will be back with the final results of our outreach and the City’s study of project feasibility. Also, look for upcoming opportunities to work with us to further develop community priorities for the project, such as strategies for inclusivity and housing affordability. Finally, look to join us to plan a potential event on the Federal bridge over Colfax.
June Design Demonstration
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!
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 series of design charrettes, engineers, urban planners, developers and agency officials explored potential re-designs and land re-uses based on community priorities– 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 developed a design demonstration of potential short- and long term re-designs and re-uses planned. At the same time the urban planning/engineering firm has developed visualizations of recommended re-configurations for community assessment.
Over the Colfax Clover Brochure & Timeline:
Proposed long-term design options:
February, 2019 project presentation with draft community preferences and long-term designs options here.
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 email@example.com or 303-623-3232.