Denver to Receive Grant Funding for Safer Streets

Feb. 20, 2023
There are multiple corridors that are to be investigated in order to make them safer

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is awarding The City and County of Denver $576,000 in funding from the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) grant program to identify opportunities for safety improvements on nine stretches of roadway in Denver.

The funding will be utilized by the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) to hire an outside team to formally examine these roadways and identify ways to mitigate safety issues utilizing a specialized approach known as a Road Safety Audit (RSA). RSA's employ systematic processes to consider the safety of all road users and human factors that may contribute to unsafe road conditions and recommend safety countermeasures. They have been proven to make streets safer. 

The corridors chosen for the RSA are:

  • Alameda Avenue from Kearney Street to Fairmount Drive
  • Broadway from E. Colfax Avenue to 29th Street            
  • Colorado Boulevard from Mississippi Avenue to Iliff Avenue
  • Speer Blvd from Federal Blvd to Elitch Circle
  • University Blvd from Iowa Avenue to Yale Avenue
  • W. 38th Avenue from Federal Blvd to Fox St
  • Evans Avenue from Colorado Blvd to Quebec St
  • Tower Road from 45th Avenue to 56th Avenue
  • Tower Road from 56th Avenue to 71st Avenue

Several other corridors in Denver have been improved thanks to RSA's.

“Our goal is to create a safer and more comfortable environment for people to travel in and around our city, and this funding will supplement the work we’re doing every day to adjust street designs to anticipate human error and reduce crash risks,” said Adam Phipps, Executive Director of the DOTI.

The Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program is part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) allocating $800 million in investments over the next 5 years.