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Multi Modal Transportation Projects

The City of Durango often works in coordination with partners to implement and fund multi modal 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.

For more information on any of these MMTMP projects, please contact Amber Blake, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, at (970) 375-4949.

Current Projects


Upcoming Meetings:

There are three more opportunities to give your input for the Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan Update before a draft is unveiled on October 10!
  • Monday, August 8: 11 AM - 1 PM @ Durango Public Library
  • Monday, August 22: 6:45 - 8 PM @ Ska Brewing
  • Thursday, September 29: 5-7 PM @ Durango Brewing Company
  • DRAFT Plan Unveiling Monday, October 10: 5-7 PM @ Carver's

The Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan (MMTMP) is a community-based, implementation-focused plan that examines our community’s needs for accessibility, public transit services, pedestrians, bicycles, safe routes to school, and connectivity between the transportation networks.

In 2016, the City is updating the 2012 MMTMP to reflect the current needs of our community, include a parking analysis, provide a more in depth look at public transit needs and accessibility deficiencies, and show completed projects since the plan was approved in 2012. Over 20 public meetings are scheduled to gather public input, generate new project ideas, and continue to enhance the community’s understanding and support of multi modal transportation.

For more information, visit http://www.durangogov.org/index.aspx?NID=360

Status: To be completed in conjunction with Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan update.

In 2016, the Multi Modal Division is in the process of designing a comprehensive map in conjunction with the 2016 Master Plan update that will include routes for all transportation options in Durango, including public transit, bicycling, and pedestrian options. It will be released in conjunction with a Commuter Guide that will provide useful information and tips for getting around Durango.

Public process, spring and summer 2016. North Main Avenue Corridor Mobility Study was adopted by City Council on January 5, 2016.

The City of Durango's Multi Modal and Planning Divisions are working to develop a dynamic framework to guide future improvements along North Main Avenue. During the spring and summer of 2016, City staff will be conducting a robust public process to better understand the community's desires and vision for the North Main Corridor. After assessing existing land use patterns, the City, working with partner organizations, including CDOT and the Durango BID, will host multiple public meetings to present the findings of the analysis and ask for input on how the corridor can be improved. Property owners, business owners, neighboring residents, and all citizens will be asked for their input. Following the public process, City staff will propose changes to existing land use regulations to encourage the type of development envisioned by the community.

Using a technical assistance award from New Mobility West, the City conducted a study along the North Main Corridor last year. 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 Corridor Mobility Study is the first step 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

Complete North Main Corridor Mobility Study

For detailed and current information on the North Main Corridor Planning, visit: www.durangogov.org/northmain.

Status: Project to be completed by fall 2016.

June 3, 2016 Update: Needham Connect Construction Project to Restart June 6, 2016
The City of Durango has hired Neils Excavation & General Contracting to complete the Safe Routes to School "The Needham Connect" project. Construction on this project will begin on June 6th and is anticipated to run through the summer.

Please contact Neils Excavation & General Contracting, Inc. with any questions you may have regarding the project. You can anticipate project updates from the contractor on a weekly basis throughout construction, on this webpage.

Contractor information:
Neils Excavation & Contracting, Inc.
486 County Rd 515
Ignacio, CO 81137
Phone: 970-884-2290
Fax: 970-884-1000

Thank you for your support of this project, and if you have additional questions about the project, please feel free to contact Amber Blake, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, at 970-375-4949 or .

For more detailed information about this project, please visit: 


Status: Project to be completed in late 2016.

The City of Durango was recently 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. Findings from the evaluation process, which will include a community-wide public process, with detailed in a Transition Plan. The Transition Plan is expected to be completed in spring 2016.

Status: Project to be completed in late 2016.

In 2016, the City of Durango's Parking Division will begin relocating parking meters along Narrow Gauge Avenue in order to provide better sidewalk access and to bring the sidewalks into ADA compliance.

Status: Design and engineering to be completed in late 2016.

The Roosa Connect Project is a proposed 10' sidewalk addition to Roosa Avenue, on the east side of the roadway, from US Highway 160 (south end) to El Paso St (north end).

Click here for the 30% Design drawings of the Roosa Connect Project. This 2016 Design and Engineering Project is being funded by 2015 Half Cent Sales Tax funds.  

For more information, email or call (970) 375-4949 or visit www.durangogov.org/roosaconnect.


Completed Projects

Status: Completed September 22 to 26, 2015.

Thanks to each of our 70 volunteers who helped us out with the bicycle and pedestrian counts at 11 locations around Durango!

Every other year, the City of Durango performs bicycle and pedestrian counts as part of the 
National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.

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 our infrastructure is being used and is necessary to secure grant funding for projects such as sidewalk repair, bicycle facilities, and transit system improvements. 

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photo: Shaun Stanley/Durango Herald. See the Durango Herald article here

In the data below, we can see how bicycle and pedestrian traffic has changed overall since 2009. 

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Status: Project closed; Ribbon-cutting ceremony was June 25, 2015.

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for the FTA 5317 (New Freedom) funded construction on the 2nd and 15th Connectivity Project.

The 2nd & 15th Connectivity Project provided safe and accessible connections to Transit, as well as bicycle and pedestrian networks in the area. It included the construction of a sidewalk and ADA improvements at the Animas River Trail in Rotary Park, and ADA, safety, sidewalk, and bikeway improvements to 15th Street. Detailed improvements included: 5-8 foot sidewalks, ADA ramps at all intersections, improved driveway access, sidewalk connections at the Animas River Trail, safer crosswalks at intersections, and shared lane markings. 

Status: Project Closed; completed in Spring 2015.
The 24th Street and Brookside Park Connectivity Project was identified by the public as an area that needed improvements during the Multi Modal Transportation Master Plan process and was completed in the Spring of 2015. This project helps improve accessibility to transit stops. It was funded by FTA 5309 State of Good Repair and FTA 5317 New Freedom.

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For more information on any of these MMTMP projects, please contact Amber Blake, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, at (970) 375-4949.