Multimodal Transportation Projects
The City of Durango works in coordination with partners to implement multimodal transportation projects. Projects are generally chosen and prioritized based on feedback from the community; health, safety and welfare concerns; funding availability; and the ability to leverage opportunities.
College & 8th Safety Project
Status: Design and engineering began in early 2018, and construction is anticipated in 2022. Stay tuned for public meeting date announcements!
Total Project Cost: $2.1 million
Project Grant Funding: Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grant $779,877 and FASTER Grant $300,000
Local Match Total (2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund): $1,020,123
Durango is considering a road diet along College Drive and East 8th Avenue. This "L" shaped corridor underwent a traffic study in 2016 (PDF) to analyze the feasibility and potential impacts of implementing a road diet. Find details about the College and 8th Safety project.
Signage for Safe School Zones
Status: Design is complete and signs purchased. Implementation is expected in early 2021!
Total Project Cost: $78,750
Project Grant Funding: Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant $63,000
Local Match Total (Transportation Services Fund): $15,750
The City intends to install and upgrade school area flasher speed limit and school zone signage to create a safe walking and biking to school environment for students at Park, Needham and Riverview Elementary Schools. The signage will be in accordance with current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices standards, reflecting the safest options for school zone signage.
Junction Connect Project Phase 2
Status: The roadway along W 25th Street from W 3rd Avenue to W 28th Street will be milled and repaved, and then restriped, and a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) will be installed at W 25th Street and W 2nd Avenue. Phase 1 was completed in 2017.
Find details about the Junction Connect project.
Needham Connect Projects
Status: Construction complete! Landscaping and road improvements expected in early 2021.
Total Project Cost: $1.2 million
Project Grant Funding: Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant $552,192 and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant $350,000
Local Match Total (2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund): $297,808
The Needham Connect projects bring sidewalks into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City's Land Use Development Code and provide much needed safety and accessibility improvements for students, parents, families, teachers and the neighborhood. Find details about the Needham Connect projects.
Status: Map design (PDF) is under review!
The Multimodal Division is in the process of designing a comprehensive map that will include routes for multimodal transportation options in Durango, including information on public transit, bicycling, and pedestrian options.
Roosa Connect Project
Status: 95% design is complete! Construction for this project is anticipated in 2022.
Total Project Cost: $1.9 million
Project Grant Funding: Transportation Alternatives Program Grant $948,644
Local Match Total (2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund): $951,356
The Roosa Connect project is a proposed 10' shared-use path along Roosa Avenue, on the east side of the roadway, between 9th Street (south end) and El Paso Street (north end). Find details about the Roosa Connect project.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Counts
Status: Biannual counts completed September 10-15, 2019.
Thank you to our bike-ped count volunteers! Every other year, the City of Durango performs bicycle and pedestrian counts as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Thanks to each of our 52 volunteers who helped us at 11 locations around Durango in 2019!
While traditional traffic counts are useful for understanding traffic volumes and identifying traffic issues, they do not accurately reflect mode-share, since bicycle and pedestrian data is not collected. Without accurate and consistent figures, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of investments in these modes.
Having accurate data helps the City of Durango know how infrastructure is being used and is necessary to secure grant funding for projects such as sidewalk repair, bicycle facilities and transit system improvements.
Counts matter for considering Complete Streets and other infrastructure improvements as data collection is important for understanding how people use a transportation system (PDF) and how integrated bicycling and pedestrian modes are part of the system.
In the data below, we can see how bicycle and pedestrian traffic has changed overall since 2009. It is interesting to note overall pedestrian traffic has increased from 3,708 trips in 2015 to 4,042 trips in 2019. However, overall bicycle trips decreased from 3,508 trips in 2017 to 3,504 trips in 2019. From 2017 to 2019, overall combined bicycle and pedestrian traffic increased slightly, with 7,216 overall trips in 2017 to 7,478 overall trips in 2019.
Narrow Gauge Avenue Accessibility Project
Status: Project completed in spring 2017 (PDF).
If you regularly walk Narrow Gauge Avenue along the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNGRR) train tracks, these sidewalk improvements are quite noticeable. However, you may not know the Parking Division took the lead on the parking meter relocation and fencing along Narrow Gauge Avenue in order to provide better sidewalk access and to bring the sidewalks into ADA compliance.
The project was a unique collaboration between the Parking Division, the D&SNGRR who donated rail for the fencing, BP America Lower 48 who donated pipe for the fencing and Recla Metals who donated time and delivery of the pipe. Thank you to all!
Multimodal Transportation Plan 2016 Update
Appendix A. Land Use and Development Code, Chapter 4 (PDF)
Appendix B. Parking Demand Maps (PDF)
Appendix C. Glossary of Terms (PDF)
Appendix D. ADA Transition Plan (PDF)
Appendix E. North Main Avenue Corridor Mobility Study
Details about the plan process, public input received and the original 2012 plan can be found here.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan
Status: The ADA Transition Plan was approved by City Council on August 9, 2016. The ADA Transition Plan and Self Evaluation (PDF) identified roughly $20 million and 1,948 total projects to bring the City's transit system and pedestrian access within a 0.2 mile radius of every bus stop into compliance with the ADA Act. In the ADA Transition Plan, work in three tiers is recommended and the projects are integrated with the Multimodal Transportation Plan's (PDF) proposed improvements.
The City of Durango was awarded an FTA section 5304 Statewide Planning grant. Using these funds, the City hired Recreation Accessibility Consultants to perform an evaluation of Durango's transit routes, bus stops, and the Transit Center to determine if they are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
North Main Corridor Planning
Status: North Main Avenue Corridor Mobility Study was adopted by City Council on January 5, 2016.
The City of Durango's Multimodal and Planning Divisions are working to develop a dynamic framework to guide future improvements along North Main Avenue. During the summer of 2016, City staff held a design charrette for the North Main Avenue Character District Initiative to better understand the community's desires and vision for the North Main Corridor.
Using a technical assistance award from New Mobility West, the City conducted a mobility study along the North Main Corridor in 2015. During this period, the public was invited to participate in the conversation through public meetings with staff, email correspondence and Virtual City Hall.
The North Main Avenue Character District Initiative and the North Main Corridor Mobility Study are the first steps in a deliberate and ambitious approach to coordinate multiple projects with the ultimate goal being an integrated, community-based vision for one of the most prominent districts in of our community. North Main Corridor Mobility Study Executive Summary Handout (PDF)
Find detailed information on the North Main Corridor Planning.