Camino Crossing Design Project
This project will design a below grade-separated crossing (underpass) of Camino del Rio near 12th Street. This underpass will serve as a safe and convenient connection point for pedestrians and bicyclists between the Animas River Trail and Downtown Durango.
A design charrette for city boards and commission members to collaborate and form their vision for the project on Tuesday, Jan. 11 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Durango Public Library HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in our community. The design charrette will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for updates.
Project design cost: $338,851
Project funding: 2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund
The Camino Crossing Design Project was awarded to Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) in September 2021. Site analysis and inventory for the project has begun. The design charrette, originally scheduled for Jan. 11, was cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
Running parallel to Camino del Rio throughout the downtown corridor, the Animas River Trail is the centerpiece of the city of Durango’s trail system. It stretches nearly 7 miles through Durango’s Animas River greenway. It serves as a bicycle and pedestrian artery to the city’s overall trail network, parks, open spaces, neighborhoods and business corridors. It is a recreational trail as well as an important component of the city’s transportation network. The trail is used extensively by residents and visitors and is consistently rated as one of Durango’s top amenities.
A feasibility study was conducted in 2020 to determine the most feasible location and type of crossing along Camino del Rio. An underpass near 12th Street was found to be the most feasible long-term crossing.
The design process will include a design charrette at the beginning to have stakeholder groups, city advisory boards, and community members collaborate with staff and the consultant to conceptualize the design of the project. There will be two additional public meetings after the design charrette to receive public input on the design.
The City of Durango recognizes the need to provide a safe and convenient crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between the Animas River Trail and downtown Durango. With a focus on safety and connectivity, the City contracted an engineering feasibility study to explore the feasibility of under-, over-, or at-grade crossings at each intersection from 6th Street (College Drive) to 12th Street along Camino del Rio. The study was completed in April 2020, after a public process and review by the Multimodal Advisory Board.
View the completed feasibility study (PDF)
View the public comment log (PDF)
1. Investigate a standard traffic signal at the 12th Street and Camino intersection in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
The City included a traffic warrant study as an addendum to the Camino del Rio Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossing Study. The location did not meet the warrants to install a standard signal based on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). The Multimodal Advisory Board recommended a variance request to the warrants, which was denied by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) based on the inflexibility of MUTCD guidelines.
2. Explore an underpass at 11th or 12th Street on Camino in collaboration with CDOT, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and several adjacent private property owners. Conceptual estimates for these improvements are $3.4 million for the 11th St underpass option, $3.4 million for the Veteran’s Way/12th St option, and $3.0 million for the 12th St/River City Hall option (excluding any costs associated with right-of-way acquisition).
3. Investigate the future anticipated demand and possible design options for an overpass or underpass at/near 6th Street on Camino in collaboration with CDOT, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and the Doubletree Hotel. Conceptual estimates for these improvements are $3.2 million for the overpass option and $3.9 million for the underpass option (excluding any costs associated with right-of-way acquisition).
The public process will begin with a design charrette for city boards and commission members to collaborate and form their vision for the project. Project engineers will guide members of the Multimodal Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Durango Renewal Partnership, Creative Economy Commission, Design Review Board, Planning Commission, Business Improvement District and the Infrastructure Advisory Board through the process. The design charrette, originally scheduled for Jan. 11, was cancelled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.
There will be a public meeting to receive input on the conceptual design that comes from the design charrette. Once the public has provided input on the conceptual design, Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) and city staff will work on the technical details of the design and bring that design back to the community for feedback during a final public meeting. The design will be finalized and reviewed by agencies for any final adjustments. Check back for details on these future meetings.