Downtown's Next Step

Downtown Next Steps logo - color, horizontal

As momentum continues around improving Downtown Main Avenue, the Multimodal Division will be working with MIG to survey and inventory Downtown Main Avenue from 5th Street to 14th Street, conduct a corridor traffic study, and design a few blocks based on the conceptual design. The conceptual design includes elements to make Downtown Main Avenue more accessible and safe with curb extensions at the intersections, widened sidewalks, bicycle facility improvements, festival blocks, additional landscaping, and accessible parking. 

Downtown's Next Step Final Preferred Concept

Vision Statement 

The flexible and resilient Downtown Main Avenue streetscape strengthens the heart of Durango as a safe, inviting, and memorable place for all users that supports thriving businesses, fosters resident pride, and enhances the visitor experience.

  1. Project Overview
  2. Conceptual Design
  3. Curb Extensions

Project design cost: $400,000

Project funding: 2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund

Status
The Downtown's Next Step (Pedestrian Improvement) Design project was awarded to MIG for engineering design and traffic study. Surveying of the entire corridor, Main Avenue from 5th Street to 14th Street, will be occurring in December and January. Paint will be used on Main Avenue for identifying utilities and there will be intermittent traffic control for the surveying. The first public meeting for this phase is anticipated in early 2023. 

About

Durango's Downtown Main Avenue has gone through many changes since the 1880's. Through all of these changes, Downtown Durango has kept it's Southwest charm with the sweeping views of Smelter Mountain, Perin's Peak, the Hogsback and the brick façade buildings. In more recent times, Downtown Durango has seen the need for increased outdoor space, expanded pedestrian zones, and slower speeds as the number of people downtown has increased and the world saw a global shift of people wanting to be outside more. 

Pedestrian improvements to Downtown Main Avenue have been discussed in city plans for years, including the Multimodal Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Plan. These plans discuss the need for safety, accessibility, and greater pedestrian space downtown. In December 2021, a conceptual design and visioning process was started for Downtown Main Avenue. Through this community process, a conceptual design was created. 

This project will survey and inventory Downtown Main Avenue from 5th Street to 14th Street, conduct a corridor traffic study, and design a few blocks based on the conceptual design. This design phase will include 2 public meetings and online opportunities to provide feedback on the design.