By Allen Cowgill
The Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) will host a community meeting Nov. 16 to present plans for safety improvements to Josephine Street and York Street in Elyria-Swansea.
The meeting will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Geotech Environmental Equipment (2650 E. 40th Ave.), near 40th Avenue and Clayton Street. A virtual option using Zoom can be found at Bit.ly/YorkJosephinePublicMtg2. Interpretation services for Spanish-speaking residents will be provided.
“The purpose of the meeting is to present short- and long-term alternatives that support the project goal, to remove this corridor from Denver’s High Injury Network by eliminating serious injuries and fatal crashes,” said Mike King, DOTI principal city planner. “The alternatives were developed using existing conditions data, future conditions projections, public comments we received from our first public meeting in July, community touchpoints at neighborhood events, and intercept surveys from people using the corridor.”
Residents will be able to ask questions and give input about the safety improvements planned for the two streets between 47th Avenue and Colfax Avenue.
Short-term safety improvements for the streets in Elyria-Swansea are scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. They may include reduced pedestrian-crossing distances, ADA curb ramp improvements, traffic-signal timing improvements and traffic calming to slow down drivers.
The long-term visioning process, taking place between now and summer 2024, will determine the major changes the community would like to see happen to the streets.
At the last community meeting in August, residents expressed interest in designing the streets so that freight trucks would be directed down the more commercial York Street, leaving the more residential Josephine Street for local car traffic.
For those unable to attend Nov. 16, DOTI has traditionally posted recordings of meetings on their Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/@DenverPublicWorks.
Allen Cowgill is the City Council District 1 appointee to the DOTI Advisory Board, where he serves as the board secretary.