Lincoln Avenue, between Oswego Street and Park Meadows Drive, is a vital regional arterial in Douglas County. While some minor improvements have been made to this corridor over the past decade, growth is on the horizon, creating a need for more multimodal options and safety amenities in the area. The City of Lone Tree and Douglas County, in partnership with stakeholders, are leading this planning project to develop a long-term vision for this corridor. This initial project phase is expected to wrap up in fall 2023 with a completed environmental study and preliminary design of a recommended project.
The City of Lone Tree, Douglas County and Denver South are sponsoring the Advancing Lincoln Avenue study. The project partners secured funding for the study through the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). The sponsors plan to use the work prepared through this study to pursue other federal, state, and local funding opportunities to advance the final design and / or construction of improvements on Lincoln Avenue from Park Meadows Drive to Oswego Street.
The project partners are excited to launch this project at a public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 9. Join the team virtually or in-person to ask questions and provide feedback:
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The current study includes preliminary engineering and environmental clearance through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and will be completed by the end of 2023. While the project partners are currently pursuing final design and construction funding opportunities, we will have a better understanding of how much the improvements will cost as the project moves forward. Construction funding is currently unavailable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life, work, and travel. Some people have yet to return to their offices in the project area, and as a result, traffic counts taken for this study in October 2021 likely underrepresent post-pandemic demand. While regional traffic volumes overall are largely back to pre-pandemic levels, travel patterns remain disrupted. At the end of 2020, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) staff compared traffic volumes from permanent traffic counters in the region and found that the pandemic affected both the quantity and timing of vehicle travel in the region, with fewer people traveling overall, especially in the morning and afternoon peak periods. At the height of the pandemic restrictions in April 2020, travel was down about 50% compared to April 2019; though, by October 2020, traffic volumes on major interstates and state highways in the region generally returned to 2019 levels. The study team is working closely with DRCOG to evaluate travel effects post-pandemic and adjust assumptions about future travel patterns and volumes. For instance, will people continue to work from home at least some of the time, decreasing travel in the peak periods? Will demand for package and food deliveries remain high, increasing freight and delivery traffic? Despite the pandemic effects, the Denver region is projected to grow, with more demand for travel and travel options.
We will be able to build the project in phases, but until we know what the funding looks like, we won’t have a clear picture of all the project elements. We will certainly look at the things that are deemed a priority, and part of this process involves hearing what the public’s priorities are. We will also look at the potential for delivering early action items.
Funding will really determine how quickly this project can move forward into construction. We plan to be at 30% design by the end of 2023 and from there available funding will dictate how quickly the design can be completed and when construction can begin. There are people associated with the Ridgegate development who are part of this project’s leadership team so we will coordinate with them throughout the process.
Sustainability means many different things and we need to think not only about what it means now, but also what it will mean in 2050 and beyond. We are going through evaluation criteria right now that will help us determine this. We’re interested in ideas from the public, too, as we go through this evaluation screening process.
Yes. We will be looking at traffic operations and congestion and signal progression along the entire corridor from Park Meadows Drive to Oswego Street.