Mayor Hancock, Public Works Open the Redesigned Blake Street Bridge

blake st3
Blake Street a couple of years ago (bottom) versus Blake Street today (top). Photos: Google Maps/David Sachs

Mayor Michael Hancock cut the ribbon on much needed improvements to the Blake Street bridge over 38th Street on Thursday.

What was once a rundown, three-lane road without sidewalks is now a two-lane street with painted bike lanes in each direction and roomy sidewalks for people walking to and from the adjacent 38th and Blake RTD station.

The sidewalks connect to a pedestrian bridge over the train tracks, which makes the River North and Cole neighborhoods accessible to one another by foot or by bike.

Mayor Michael Hancock opens the more multimodal Blake Street bridge. Photo: David Sachs

“One of our goals was to strengthen the transportation network in this area and better connect it to other parts of town,” Hancock said. “The new and improved Blake Street bridge over 38th helps further this vision for safer streets and our city’s ongoing efforts to provide people choices in how they get around our great city.”

All told, 4,000 linear feet of sidewalks have been added throughout the neighborhood, Director of Transportation Crissy Fanganello said.

  • mckillio

    Glad to see the improvements but where are all of the trees? Trees should always be a buffer between the street and sidewalk.

    • gojoblogo

      I agree with you, but all the parcels of land on the southeast side of the street have plans for redevelopment and the City will require them to install trees and improved streetscape etc. The City will not pay for that sort of amenity unless they absolutely have to!

      • mckillio

        Good point and it makes total sense. Having said that, the train side of the street has the sidewalk adjacent to the street and then soil, that should be reversed.

  • gojoblogo

    Though this could change in the future, right now, those bike lanes attach to nothing. They either dump you out on bike unfriendly 40th Ave or onto one-way Blake street. Hopefully good signage tells people how to connect to the station with a bike!


Thursday’s Headlines

Yesterday members of the Colorado House Transportation Committee killed HB1099, a bill that would have banned automated traffic enforcement statewide, including photo red light cameras. Top photo: After a legislative victory, members of the Denver Streets Partnership posed for a photo outside of the State Capitol: Jack Todd and Piep van Heuven of Bicycle Colorado, Jill […]
Pullquote: Denver’s disappearing green spaces are not “because of a growing population of people. It’s because of a growing population of cars.” —Alana Miller, Frontier Group

Wednesday’s Headlines

From Streetsblog Fact check: Colo. Rep. Jovan Melton wants to ban red light cameras. But he justifies his position with false info. A hearing for his bill will happen at the State Capitol this afternoon. (Streetsblog Denver) Opinion: Denver paved over paradise and put up a parking lot. Contrary to the conclusion of a recent Denver […]
A parking lot across the street from Union Station, Denver's transit hub. Photo: David Sachs

Opinion: Denver Paved Over Paradise and Put up a Parking Lot

As the population grows, “nearly half the land in Denver’s city limits is now paved or built over,” shrinking the city's green space, according to a recent series in Denver Post. But there’s something important missing in their account. The city’s pavement problem isn’t because of a growing population of people. It’s because of a growing population of cars. It’s the roads, driveways and – perhaps most egregiously – the parking lots we’ve built to accommodate more cars.