Denver will keep most ‘shared streets’ open for the winter but shut down three for good

Some of the streets, which are supposed to make room for people by closing them to most car traffic, will get new, heavier barriers.

The signs marking 16th Avenue in North Capitol Hill as a "shared street" have been thinned. So how's that working out? Sept. 1, 2020.

The signs marking 16th Avenue in North Capitol Hill as a "shared street" have been thinned. So how's that working out? Sept. 1, 2020.

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Denver’s experimentation with “shared streets” — roads designed to discourage cars to make room for people walking and rolling — will continue through the winter, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure announced Wednesday. However, the department will fully reopen three of those streets to cars.

As DOTI gets ready for snow, crews will replace the current barriers on shared streets that double as snow-plow routes with heavier, semi-permanent ones so drivers can maneuver around them without having to move them. Locals can expect to see those changes on 11th Avenue west of Cheesman Park, 16th Avenue west of City Park, Bayaud Avenue between Sherman to Downing streets, and 30th Street between Welton and Larimer streets.

The transportation department will also close three shared streets, however. DOTI will remove the barriers on 11th Avenue from Race Street to Colorado Boulevard “where vehicle volumes are low” and reopen them that stretch to cars and trucks permanently, according to a press release.

Crews will also fully reopen the Franklin and Irving shared streets to cars but replace them with two new segments elsewhere, according to DOTI.

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