Plan for Expanded Road Inconsistent With Denver's Values

The idea of road improvement catering only to cars and congestion didn't pass muster on Quebec Street in Denver. A new plan for the heavily used, but narrow, corridor will prioritize pedestrians, safety, and transit.

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December 26, 2019, 11:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"The city [of Denver] is headed back to the drawing board to figure out potential improvements to Quebec Street in Denver’s far east neighborhoods," reports Esteban L. Hernandez.

"In September, Denver scrapped plans calling for two more traffic lanes on the major corridor, which currently has two lanes for most of its length. Principal Project Manager Brian Pinkerton said an environmental assessment for the project and public opinion revealed there would be major issues with the right-of-way affecting several homes along the corridor," explains Hernandez.

With the budget for the project significantly stronger, more attention will be paid to pedestrian improvements, according to the article. Foot-worn paths instead of sidewalks are the only opinion along the side of much of the street. The original plan would have added two additional vehicle lanes to the corridor—requiring eminent domain taking of private property.

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