The latest updates about projects going on in the neighborhood
Street sweeping begins
Residential street sweeping begins Tuesday, April 2 and runs through November. In the past, Denver’s street sweepers have removed phosphorous, copper, lead, zinc, chloride and mercury off our streets, which is why it’s so important for residents to move their vehicle on street sweeping day. It helps keep all that crud out of Denver’s waterways!
When residents move their vehicles, crews can sweep all the way to the curb line and provide the best service possible. Residents are urged to follow the red and white signs posted on the block for street sweeping parking restrictions to avoid getting a $50 ticket. Even if it appears a sweeper has cleaned the street, it’s still important to not park during the restricted times posted, as the sweeper may need to return to the area to make another pass.
For those who need help remembering street sweeping day, sign-up for text and email reminders here. For those who aren’t tech savvy, call 311 to request “no parking” calendar stickers.
16th & Cook intersection
In the South City Park neighborhood, we currently have a safety hazard at the intersection of 16th Ave & Cook St. Our neighborhood's boundaries are 17th Ave to the north, Colfax to the south, Josephine to the west and Colorado Blvd to the east. The intersection at 16th & Cook is the only example of traffic on Cook not having a stop sign -- the rest of the intersections have a stop sign on their named streets (Detroit, Fillmore, Milwaukee, Steele, etc.).
We are asking that the City install stop signs on the Cook St sides of this intersection to maintain consistency of our intersections. Where there is a stop sign on 16th on Fillmore, Steele & Garfield, there is a 4-way intersection. There are many near misses of accidents with both vehicles and pedestrians at the 16th & Cook intersection because many who are not familiar with the neighborhood assume it is a 4-way as they stop on 16th and don't adequately check for traffic on Cook.
The Association has asked the City to turn the 16th & Cook St intersection into a 4-way stop. Public Works will soon be evaluating and we've been informed it would help to have a petition so the City is aware that many in the neighborhood want it. A paper petition was passed around at the last meeting. If you were unable to attend and wish to sign, click here. The more support, the better!
Bagged Compost Available at Ace Hardware Stores
Denver Public Works is partnering with A1 Organics and Ace Hardware to help people put organic material collected through the Denver Composts program to a better use this spring. Bags of Denver’s Own EcoGro™ Compost will be available at metro-area Ace Hardware stores for $6.99 per bag.
Currently, over 18,000 Denver residents participate in the Denver Composts program, throwing organic material like yard debris, food scraps and non-recyclable paper in their green cart each week to be collected and later turned into compost. Composting helps further the city’s goal of increasing its recycling and composting rate from what is now 23 percent to 34 percent, the national average, as outlined in Denver's 2020 Sustainability Goals.
If you're interested in signing up for the City's compost program, sign up here.
If you don't have access to the City's program, you still have options! You can contact Denver Compost Collective here to learn about their private program.
Streetlight LED Conversion
Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Public Works Executive Director Eulois Cleckley and Alice Jackson, President of Xcel Energy—Colorado, announced that 44,000 streetlights across Denver will be converted to Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs--considered one of today’s most energy-efficient and durable lighting technologies.
Conversion of the street lights will begin immediately, with Phase 1 focusing on Federal Boulevard and Colfax Avenue, two stretches on the city’s High Injury Network (HIN). Installation of LED lights specifically addresses an action item in Denver’s Vision Zero Action Plan to implement safety treatments along HIN roadways.
Work to convert the street lights will be completed over a one-year period, with three additional phases scheduled to move west to east across the city. Residents can learn more and see the progress of this conversion work on the city’s website.
17th & Garfield Intersection
New Colorado State requirements mean that a subsurface utility investigation will be undertaken this spring before the City is allowed to publicly advertise the project for a construction bid. There are currently two sets of trolley tracks located in the median of 17th Ave. The design for the intersection is complete pending the utility investigation.
Barring any unforeseen surprises with the utility investigation, the project would be advertised for bid this June/July. The City’s procurement process (advertising of the construction contract, contractor selection, contract approval through the Mayor’s Office and City Council and providing the selected contractor a Notice to Proceed) is typically six months long. It will likely be early 2020 before construction will start.
17th & fillmore/ steele intersection
Lead Pedestrian Intervals will be programmed at the intersections of 17th & Fillmore and 17th & Steele. This will allow the walk signal across 17th to appear while all traffic is stopped. This increases visibility of pedestrian traffic and should reduce pedestrian- or bike-related incidents at these intersections. The City estimates completion in Q2 2019.
23rd & zoo intersection
As part of the City Park Golf Course redesign, work crews will install a new intersection and traffic signal on 23rd Avenue at the new entrance to the golf course which is across from the main entrance to the Denver Zoo. Once installation of the utilities for the traffic signal is complete, crews will reconfigure the center traffic island and traffic lanes, and install new curb, gutter, pedestrian ramps and the traffic signals. This street work is expected to last throughout the month of February 2019. Expect delays along 23rd Avenue during the month.
Please note that RTD bus stops at the Zoo entrance for both east and west bound buses (Route 32) will be closed for the duration of the construction, but per RTD, the other stops along 23rd Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and York Street will remain open.
Sidewalk Construction on Colorado Boulevard
On Thursday, March 28, the RTD bus stop at 26th and Colorado will close, as crews begin prep work to install new sidewalk on the west side of Colorado Boulevard from 23rd to 26th Avenues. Along Colorado Boulevard, the RTD stops at 29th Avenue and just south on 23rd Avenue will remain open. Beginning Monday, April 1, sidewalk installation will start, requiring one southbound lane to close on Colorado Boulevard along that stretch to accommodate equipment and safety of crews. Work is expected to take about two weeks, weather permitting.
15L Bus Shelters Getting a Makeover from RTD
RTD is getting ready to give dozens of bus stops in Denver and Aurora some much needed improvements. From new lights to more security, it’s a complete overhaul in some spots.
The 15L East Colfax Route Improvement project to upgrade 37 bus stops between Broadway in Denver and I-225 in Aurora includes enhanced shelters with lighting, security cameras and benches.
Click here for more information.
Community Forester Workshops
Have you ever wanted to learn more about trees, advocate for our urban forest, educate others or help improve your community's tree canopy? Local nonprofit, The Park People, is pleased to partner with Denver Parks & Recreation to host the Community Forester program – a fun and informative five-workshop series that will teach participants about trees and prepare them to act as stewards of the urban tree canopy.
This is a great opportunity to support our environment, urban forest, community health and quality of life in Denver. For more information, click here.
Dustin redd project
Funding has been secured for the redevelopment of the west side playground at City Park known as Dustin Redd Playground. Final plans have been drafted by the City. The City estimates a completion date in 2020 for the new playground. More information will follow as we get construction dates.
League of Women Voters Bulb Sale
Every spring the League of Women Voters of Denver sells high-quality flower bulbs to deliver in the fall. We have been working with the same supplier, a Holland native who lives in Colorado half the year, for over 20 years. He knows what works in Colorado, and the bulbs come directly from Holland. We have pictures of all the products we sell, which include hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, various miscellaneous bulbs and indoor forcing bulbs such as paperwhites and amaryllis.
Leaguers take orders for flower bulbs in April and May and then deliver them in October after the shipment arrives from Holland. Purchasers may select blooms for their yards, for gifts or they may choose to donate them to a public school or park to help beautify Denver. Please consider buying your fall bulbs from us--getting an exceptional product while helping the League.
To order, click here.