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Voters Could Decide if Denver Gets a New Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Denver is considering a new city department in response to concerns expressed by bike and pedestrian advocates about the implementation of long-term plans.
April 4, 2019, 7am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Denver voters this November could get a say in renaming the city’s public works department as part of a long-coming revamp that is putting more emphasis on boosting transit and other mobility options," reports Jon Murray.

Murray adds more specifics about the proposal to revamp the city's Department of Public works: "Mayor Michael Hancock on Tuesday announced his proposal to create the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure via a charter amendment that would cement a nearly two-year reorganization effort. It also would redirect the focus of the department after complaints from bike and pedestrian advocates that the city has been slow to implement its long-term plans."

The decision to create a new city department will require the approval fo voters, but there is one more election that will determine the future of the proposal: whether Mayor Hancock is re-elected in a citywide election scheduled for May 7.

For more background on the two-year process of rethinking the Denver Department of Public Works, see earlier coverage from September 2018, written by Andrew Kenney.

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