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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.

For more information on any of these Multimodal Transportation Plan projects, please Jennifer Hill, Multimodal Coordinator, at (970) 375-4955.

Current Projects

Status: Design and engineering will be completed in 2017-2018.

Durango is considering a road diet along College Drive and East 8th Avenue. This “L” shaped corridor underwent a traffic study in 2016 to analyze the feasibility and potential impacts of implementing a road diet. Details about the College and 8th project can be found here

Status: Repaving and re-striping on Junction Street from Main Avenue to Miller Middle School is anticipated to be completed in 2018.

The 25th and Junction Street roadway from West 2nd Avenue to the City limits will be re-striped with bike lanes and a lane reconfiguration in 2017 and 2018. The first phase in 2017 repaved and re-striped Junction Street from Virginia Street to the City limits. Details about the Junction Connect project can be found here

Status: Design and engineering for Needham Connect II is anticipated to be completed in early 2018 and construction in 2019. Needham Connect I is complete!

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 anticipated to be completed in 2017.

The Multimodal Division is in the process of designing a comprehensive map 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: 75% design is complete! Construction for this project is anticipated 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: Biannual counts completed September 12-16, 2017.

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 76 volunteers who helped us at 11 locations around Durango in 2017!

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 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 bicycle traffic has increased from 3,241 trips in 2015 to 3,508 trips in 2017.

Overall Bikes 2017

However, overall pedestrian trips decreased from 4,008 trips in 2015 to 3,708 trips in 2017.

Overall Peds 2017

From 2015 to 2017, overall combined bicycle and pedestrian traffic remained stable, with 7,249 overall trips in 2015 and 7,216 overall trips in 2017.

Overall Bike-Ped Traffic 2017

For more info, please contact Jennifer Hill at (970) 375-4955.

Status: Project completed in spring 2017.

If you regularly walk Narrow Gauge Ave 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 Ave 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!

For more info, please contact the Parking Division at (970) 375-4960.

Status: The plan was adopted by City Council on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.
FINAL 2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan

Final 2016 Multimodal Transportation Plan

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

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

Status: The 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

For more information on any of these Multimodal Transportation Plan projects, please contact Jennifer Hill, Multimodal Coordinator, at (970) 375-4955.