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  • The November 5, 2013 Coordinated Election is drawing near and ballots will be mailed to all active voters starting October 15. If you are a Denver voter, please click here for important information including key dates, Voter Service and Polling Center hours and locations and 24-Hour Ballot Drop-Off Box locations. Do you live in another county? You can use GoVoteColorado.com to register to vote or update your voter registration information. If you haven’t done so already, please connect with Denver Elections on social media. They will have lots of great information available on Twitter, Facebook and DenverVotes.org as we gear up for Election Day.

INTRODUCING THE BRIGHTON BOULEVARD REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT Public Meeting – September 19, 2013

INTRODUCING THE BRIGHTON BOULEVARD REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT 

Public Meeting – September 19, 2013

The City and County of Denver is kicking off the Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project with a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19th at the National Western Complex Club.

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project will set the vision and footprint for public multi-modal right-of-way improvements to the Brighton Boulevard Corridor, helping establish it as a gateway to Denver.

This overarching vision – slated for completion by early 2014 – will assess the multi-modal needs and determine the path forward for the 2.5-mile Brighton Boulevard corridor stretching from 29th Street to York Street.

The project will build on previous efforts to develop plans for typical street cross sections, including travel and turn lanes, curbs and medians. Sidewalks and bike facilities, as well as additional amenities and mobility improvements, will also be explored to help provide opportunities for economic development and job creation.

The Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project is one of six projects prioritized by Mayor Michael B. Hancock to be coordinated under one vision through the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative.

The collaborative is aimed at energizing a nearly 23-mile corridor running from Denver Union Station to Denver International Airport by strategically aligning six critical projects: Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment; National Western Stock Show & Coliseum; I-70 Reconstruction; RTD Station Development; River North; as well as the Globeville and Elyria & Swansea Neighborhood Plans.

 Community input is critical to the overall success of the project. The public is invited to attend the kickoff public meeting on September 19th and provide input to help inform decisions going forward.

Brighton Boulevard Kickoff Public Meeting

Thursday, September 19, 2013

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

National Western Complex Club

4655 Humboldt St.

Denver, CO 80213

 More information regarding the project can be found on the City and County of Denver’s website. You can also contact the project team by emailing Karen Good at Karen.Good@denvergov.org.

 Public Meeting Directions

 Public transportation

From the south: Take RTD Bus 48 to 44th Street and MacFarland Drive.

From the north: Take RTD Bus 12 to Washington Street and 47th Avenue.

 Driving Directions

From Downtown: Take Broadway north and continue on to Brighton Boulevard. Make a left onto 44th St. (before you cross I-70) followed by a left onto Humboldt St. Signs will direct you to the Club room main doors. Parking is available directly outside the Cattleman’s Club.

 From I-70 Westbound:  Take the Brighton Boulevard exit north to 47th Avenue. Take a left on 47th Avenue and head west three blocks to Humboldt Street. Signs will direct you to the Club room main doors. Parking is available directly outside the Cattleman’s Club.

 

From I-70 Eastbound: Take the Brighton Boulevard exit. Take a left at the bottom of the off-ramp and proceed north to Humboldt Street. Take a left on 47th Avenue and head west three blocks to Humboldt Street. Signs will direct you to the Club room main doors. Parking is available directly outside the Cattleman’s Club. 

Councilwoman Montero and National Western Stock Show Leaders will co-host a Community Conversation on Thursday, August 22

Councilwoman Montero and National Western Stock Show Leaders will co-host a Community Conversation on Thursday, August 22

Meeting will connect community members with National Western

 Denver – Denver District 9 Councilwoman Judy Montero and National Western Stock Show leaders will co-host a Community Conversation this week to bring together community members to discuss the future of National Western in the Globeville, Elyria, Swansea neighborhood. The meeting will take place on Thursday, August 22 from 6 – 8 PM in the Hall of Education on the 3rd Floor of the National Western Stock Show Complex, located at 4655 Humboldt Street in Denver.

The Western Stock Show Association, the governing body that produces the annual National Western Stock Show and manages the National Western Complex, is partnering with Councilwoman Montero to engage the neighborhood to take part in current and future conversations about the facility. Thursday’s discussion with community members will include progress updates from the National Western and the City of Denver, in addition to the unveiling of a community-focused Advisory Committee process to direct future plans for the site. National Western looks forward to working with the community to be a good neighbor well into the future.

National Western Leaders are working alongside its partners in the City and County of Denver, Colorado State University, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and History Colorado to become the region’s premier event, entertainment, and educational complex. Maintaining strong ties to the local community will ensure that vision’s success, and as the complex has stood for over 100 years, it is building a future to stand for another century.

Spanish language interpretation services will be provided and an assortment of food and drink items will be available to those in attendance. 

UNIQUE BRIDGE MOVE TO CLOSE I-70 BETWEEN I-25 AND FEDERAL BOULEVARD THIS WEEKEND

UNIQUE BRIDGE MOVE TO CLOSE I-70 BETWEEN I-25 AND FEDERAL BOULEVARD THIS WEEKEND

CLOSURE 10 P.M. TOMORROW THROUGH 5 A.M. MONDAY, JULY 22

DENVER – Starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and continuing until 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close both directions of I-70 between I-25 and Federal Boulevard for bridge work. During the closure, crews will demolish the existing Pecos Street bridge over I-70 and roll-in the new 2,400-ton Pecos Street bridge into its final configuration.

Lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19 in preparation for the full closure at 10 p.m. During the closure, traffic will be rerouted to I-76 or 6th Avenue. All lanes of eastbound and westbound I-70 will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Pecos Street will remain closed until late August or early September 2013 while crews pave, finish the roundabouts, complete landscaping, install utilities, and construct the medians.

Major delays are expected throughout the weekend around the closure area. For those who are coming to the downtown area for an event such as a Colorado Rockies game or the Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation tour concert, please plan ahead. It is recommended that event goers plan ahead and follow the detour around the closure or use alternate modes of transportation.

It will take approximately eight hours to demolish the existing bridge starting at midnight on July 19 and more than 10 hours to move the new bridge into place over I-70. The bridge is anticipated to be in its final placement over I-70 in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 21. The bridge will be moved using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT), which are computer controlled platform vehicles capable of moving bridges of this magnitude. The bridge will move out of the bridge farm where it is being constructed, turn 180 degrees once it gets to I-70 and then move west on I-70 at a rate of approximately 100 to 120 feet per hour.

To take advantage of this unique project, a viewing area will be set up for the public on the north side of I-70 which can be accessed from 52nd Avenue and Osage Street. Flaggers will be on site to help direct motorists to parking. 

The initial bridge move onto I-70 will be between noon and 4 p.m. at which time the bridge will stop moving while the crew prepares I-70 for the remainder of the move. The bridge will begin moving again at approximately 7 p.m. and into final place early Sunday morning. These times are approximate and subject to change.

A live streaming of the bridge roll-out will be available online at www.coloradodot.info/projects/pecosoveri70 and a time lapse video will also be available following the bridge move.

Due to the size and shape of the bridge, if it was built in place over the highway, Pecos Street would have closed for one year and I-70 would have had 20 to 30 full closures throughout construction. By building the bridge off-site and rolling it into place with a weekend closure of I-70, the project team was able to shorten the schedule by eight months.

The I-70/Pecos Street project replaces the existing bridge, which was originally constructed in 1965 and is in poor condition and replaces the existing signalized intersections on Pecos Street with two roundabouts. The project will improve the highway infrastructure, creating a safer trip for motorists. In addition, by constructing the roundabouts, congestion will be reduced, creating a more efficient transportation system that better supports economic and job growth. 

The $18.6 million project is funded by the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, which uses a small portion of vehicle registration fees to repair or replace poor bridges.

For more information about the project, please visit the project website at coloradodot.info/projects/pecosoveri70. To receive weekly email updates during the project, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner. You can then sign up for various lists including “I-70 at Pecos” under Projects.

CLOSURE 10 P.M. TOMORROW THROUGH 5 A.M. MONDAY, JULY 22

DENVER – Starting at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 19 and continuing until 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close both directions of I-70 between I-25 and Federal Boulevard for bridge work. During the closure, crews will demolish the existing Pecos Street bridge over I-70 and roll-in the new 2,400-ton Pecos Street bridge into its final configuration.

Lane closures will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 19 in preparation for the full closure at 10 p.m. During the closure, traffic will be rerouted to I-76 or 6th Avenue. All lanes of eastbound and westbound I-70 will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday, July 22. Pecos Street will remain closed until late August or early September 2013 while crews pave, finish the roundabouts, complete landscaping, install utilities, and construct the medians.

Major delays are expected throughout the weekend around the closure area. For those who are coming to the downtown area for an event such as a Colorado Rockies game or the Kenny Chesney No Shoes Nation tour concert, please plan ahead. It is recommended that event goers plan ahead and follow the detour around the closure or use alternate modes of transportation.

It will take approximately eight hours to demolish the existing bridge starting at midnight on July 19 and more than 10 hours to move the new bridge into place over I-70. The bridge is anticipated to be in its final placement over I-70 in the early morning hours of Sunday, July 21. The bridge will be moved using Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMT), which are computer controlled platform vehicles capable of moving bridges of this magnitude. The bridge will move out of the bridge farm where it is being constructed, turn 180 degrees once it gets to I-70 and then move west on I-70 at a rate of approximately 100 to 120 feet per hour.

To take advantage of this unique project, a viewing area will be set up for the public on the north side of I-70 which can be accessed from 52nd Avenue and Osage Street. Flaggers will be on site to help direct motorists to parking. 

The initial bridge move onto I-70 will be between noon and 4 p.m. at which time the bridge will stop moving while the crew prepares I-70 for the remainder of the move. The bridge will begin moving again at approximately 7 p.m. and into final place early Sunday morning. These times are approximate and subject to change.

A live streaming of the bridge roll-out will be available online at www.coloradodot.info/projects/pecosoveri70 and a time lapse video will also be available following the bridge move.

Due to the size and shape of the bridge, if it was built in place over the highway, Pecos Street would have closed for one year and I-70 would have had 20 to 30 full closures throughout construction. By building the bridge off-site and rolling it into place with a weekend closure of I-70, the project team was able to shorten the schedule by eight months.

The I-70/Pecos Street project replaces the existing bridge, which was originally constructed in 1965 and is in poor condition and replaces the existing signalized intersections on Pecos Street with two roundabouts. The project will improve the highway infrastructure, creating a safer trip for motorists. In addition, by constructing the roundabouts, congestion will be reduced, creating a more efficient transportation system that better supports economic and job growth. 

The $18.6 million project is funded by the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, which uses a small portion of vehicle registration fees to repair or replace poor bridges.

For more information about the project, please visit the project website at coloradodot.info/projects/pecosoveri70. To receive weekly email updates during the project, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner. You can then sign up for various lists including “I-70 at Pecos” under Projects.

Denver Clerk’s Outreach to Spanish Language Voters and Legislative Efforts to be Recognized by Denver City Council

Denver Clerk’s Outreach to Spanish Language Voters and Legislative Efforts to be Recognized by Denver City Council 

Language assistance and passage of key election bill remove barriers to voter participation

(Denver) – Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and ACCESO, the Denver Elections Division’s Spanish language advisory board have worked together to keep Denver compliant with the Federal Voting Rights Language Assistance Act. Both will be honored with a proclamation from the Denver City Council.

Established by ordinance in 2008, ACCESO has assisted the Denver Elections Division in promoting Spanish language voter inclusion by providing extensive community outreach and strategic guidance leading to increased voter participation.

 “ACCESO’s ongoing work with the Denver Election Division to make elections accessible for Spanish language voters and all populations has made Denver a national leader in inclusivity. We will continue to go above and beyond the federal language mandate to make sure Denver voters stay engaged.” Johnson said.

According to Jamie Torres, Chairperson, “ACCESO continues to be committed to leading the nation in adherence to the federal Voting Rights Act.  This is achieved through progressive Spanish language voter outreach, education, and promoting access to voting; all of this is accomplished in partnership with the Denver Clerk and Recorder office.”  

 

Johnson will also be recognized for her work on HB-1303, the Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act which will result in ballots being mailed to all active voters and removed the confusing “Inactive Failed to Vote” voter status from Colorado election law.

The proclamation will be read at the Monday, July 22 Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 1437 Bannock.

Nominate Your Favorite Place for a Mayor’s Design Award!

Nominate Your Favorite Place for a Mayor’s Design Award!

City of Denver seeking the best in projects that elevate the public realm

 DENVER — The Denver Community Planning and Development department is seeking nominations for the annual Mayor’s Design Awards. The Mayor’s Design Awards honor projects throughout the city for excellence in architecture, design and place-making. The awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their contribution to the public realm through innovative design projects.

 There are many different types of projects that may be eligible. Examples include, but are not limited to:

•          Newly-built structures (may include private residences)

•          Creatively renovated or refurbished buildings

•          Historic preservation projects

•          Outdoor spaces or landscapes such as small plazas or parks

•          Public spaces on private property, such as promenades, courtyards or sidewalk cafés

•          Special events that create a sense of place or create community identity

 

Mayor Michael B. Hancock will review the nominations, select the winners and present the awards in the fall.

 “Award-winning projects honor the things Denverites hold dear,” Mayor Hancock said. “We cherish our gathering places, the spots that draw us together and define us. This is a chance to honor Denver’s very best in architecture, design and events.”

Nominations are due September 1, 2013. To nominate a project for the Mayor’s Design Awards and view past winners, please visit DenverGov.org/MDA.

Denver Days – Celebrating the Spirit of the Mile High City! – August 3-11

  • Denver Days – Celebrating the Spirit of the Mile High City! – August 3 – 11

Mayor Michael B. Hancock is launching “Denver Days,” a new citywide summer tradition aimed at creating stronger neighborhoods by fostering community service projects and neighborhood gatherings annually during the month of August. The first annual “Denver Days” will be this summer from August 3-11.  During this week, Denver residents will be asked to work with their neighbors to organize a community service project or work together to host a fun, festive neighborhood gathering. From community clean ups to backyard potlucks and block parties, “Denver Days” will provide a unique opportunity to connect neighbors and neighborhoods. Start organizing your “Denver Days” neighborhood event today.  Visit www.denvergov.org/denverdays for more information or call 720-865-9082.