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Multimodal Transportation Projects
The City of Durango often works in coordination with partners to implement and fund 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.

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


Thank you for participating in the Multimodal Transportation Plan update this year! Without YOU this plan update would not have been possible.

The public comment period for the draft plan closed on October 31. The final draft of the plan was taken to City Council during a Study Session on Tuesday, December 13. Plan adoption is expected in early 2017.

2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan DRAFT

Appendix A. Land Use and Development Code, Chapter 4
Appendix B. Parking Demand Maps
Appendix C. Glossary of Terms
Appendix D. ADA Transition Plan 
Appendix E. North Main Avenue Corridor Mobility Study

The public process for the 2016 Plan Update began with a kick-off meeting followed by 12 other well-attended public meetings (highest attendance was 63 people at the May 23rd meeting). 

The public process for the plan also included targeted outreach in an effort to engage all facets of our community. During public meetings, attendees were encouraged to openly give input and be a part of the project prioritization process. 

Overall the 2016 meetings had over 800 total attendees and solicited over 450 unique public comments. In addition, a Virtual City Hall survey was used during the month of June 2016 to collect additional public input. The survey garnered 207 visitors and 159 responses.

Details about the plan process, public input received and the original 2012 plan can be found here

Status: Project to be completed in 2017.

In 2016, the Multimodal Division is in the process of designing a comprehensive map in conjunction with the 2016 MTP 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.

Status: Needham Connect I is complete! Design for Needham Connect II will be completed in 2017 and construction in 2018.

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. Details about the Needham Connect projects can be found here

Status: Project to be completed in 2017.

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

Status: 75% design is complete! Construction for this project will begin in 2019 and end in 2020.

The Roosa Connect Project will complete 0.82 miles (4,322 feet) of ADA-compliant sidewalks, curb ramps, cross slopes, and transit pads along Durango Transit Route 4, along Roosa Avenue from El Paso Street to US Highway 160 to bring the sidewalks and transit stops up to current PROWAG ADA Standards. Details about the Roosa Connect project can be found here

Completed Projects

Status: Complete! ADA Transition Plan was approved by City Council on August 9, 2016.

The ADA Transition Plan and Self Evaluation 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 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. 

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

Complete North Main Corridor Mobility Study

Detailed information on the North Main Corridor Planning can be found here

Status: Completed September 22 to 26, 2015.

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 70 volunteers who helped us out with the bicycle and pedestrian counts at 11 locations around Durango!

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: Complete! 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: Complete! Construction ended 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 MTP projects, please contact Amber Blake, Director of Transportation and Sustainability, at (970) 375-4949.