May 4, 2021
Transit & Safety Improvements Coming to Stretch of Lincoln Street
Enhancements Will Make Street More Comfortable for All Commuters
DENVER – Starting tomorrow, weather permitting, Denver’s Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) will begin rolling out enhancements along Lincoln Street from Ohio Avenue (by the Broadway Station) to 5th Avenue that aim to make bus travel more efficient during peak travel times, calm traffic, and make it a safer street for all users, particularly pedestrians. For the next two weeks, while work is underway along this stretch, lane closures will be in place on Lincoln Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Moving More People, More Efficiently with Transit
Crews will begin upgrading the dedicated transit-only lane on Lincoln Street with new striping and signage to extend its hours on weekdays during peak travel times (hours will now be from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.). These extended hours will reduce the time it takes to get through downtown on transit and make transit a more convenient option. Outside of those hours, (mid-day, overnight, and on weekends) new signage will indicate that the lane will revert to a parking lane.
In addition, in a first for the city, DOTI will use paint and bollards to make the transit-only lane protected at the intersection of 13th Avenue to separate buses from vehicles and reduce conflicts.
Traffic Calming Treatments to Reduce Conflicts Between People Driving and Walking
In addition to the transit lane enhancements, crews will also install various safety treatments aligning with Denver’s Vision Zero Program to make Lincoln Street safer and more comfortable for people on foot. Improvements will vary from intersection to intersection based on need and include:
- Bollards and paint to shorten crossing distances for people on foot and to slow vehicle turning movements
- Rubber curbing on Ellsworth Avenue and on Virginia Avenue at the Lincoln Street intersection to slow vehicle turning movements.
- Pulling back on-street parking on Lincoln at the intersections of Cedar, 1st, and 4th Avenues to help make pedestrians easier to see at crosswalks.
- Refreshing crosswalk and stop bar markings, where needed, so they are more visible
Over the winter, DOTI added leading pedestrian intervals at signalized intersections to give those walking a “head start” to cross the street and re-timed the traffic signals to slow and calm vehicle traffic. For more information on this project, please visit bit.ly/LincolnTransit.