May 6, 2021 UPDATE:
Our District 5 Council Office just shared the results of the online 8th Avenue Traffic Calming Study survey from Charlie Alexander and Nikki Silva from Fehr & Peers.
The next step will be to conduct data collection in the field, which will be done once DPS resumes classes at the end of the summer. Councilwoman Sawyer’s Office will continue to provide updates to all of the adjacent neighborhood organizations involved in the Traffic Study, including our Cranmer Park/Hilltop Civic Assn, and we will post them here along with the initial description of the Study (below).
Contact the D5 Office at [email protected] or 720-337-5555 with comments or questions.
Traffic Study Planned for 8th Avenue Corridor, with Virtual Town Hall on April 7
By Amanda Sawyer, Councilwoman, Denver District 5
If you’ve lived in East Denver for more than a few years, you have seen first-hand how much the area has grown. Indeed, over the past decade, this part of Denver has shifted so that neighborhoods that once consisted of mostly older residents are now filled with people of all ages, including many more young families. With growth and demographic shifts, as well as through-traffic from the surrounding communities, increased traffic and safety concerns have arrived, as well.
Regardless of how long you have lived in East Denver, you have probably noticed that transportation infrastructure upgrades have not kept up with the number of housing units and developments built here. One area that is significantly impacted by these issues is 8th Ave., between Colorado Blvd. and Quebec St. To try to address these issues and ultimately increase safety and quality of life for those who live and work in the area, our office has chosen to direct vacancy savings from our 2020 budget towards a traffic study of that stretch of 8th Ave. This decision was made based on the factors described above and, importantly, in response to concerns we have heard from numerous residents in the District regarding traffic speeds and lack of safe crossings across the 8th Avenue corridor.
We think you’ll agree that it is essential that this process be community-led. Our office has partnered with District 5 Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs) and local traffic engineering firm Fehr & Peers to conduct community engagement and outreach, and to gather traffic data. The Council District 5 goals are:
- Installation of traffic calming measures along the 8th Ave. corridor.
- Installation of safe pedestrian/bike crossings along the 8th Ave. corridor.
To identify specific problem areas along this corridor, we are asking residents to take our survey, which you can access here: http://bit.ly/8thAveSurvey.
Additionally, on Wednesday, April 7, a Community Town Hall will be held via Zoom at 6:30pm. We hope you will attend to learn more about the project and give us your feedback! Visit this website to register for the Town Hall webinar, and feel free to share it with your neighbors: www.bit.ly/8thAveTraffic_April7
- Webinar ID – 876 7326 7459
- Webinar Passcode – 5555
- Call in number (for phone only) – (720) 928-9299
We hope you’ll get involved in the process! As always, feel free to contact our office at [email protected] or 720-337-5555 with comments or questions. Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter and updates at bit.ly/Council5News, and we’ll also keep you apprised of developments through these communication channels: