16th Street Mall Update: Sidewalk Pavers Underway in Blocks 1-2

Credit: City and County of Denver
The setting of granite pavers is currently underway on the north sidewalks between Market and Lawrence Streets (Block 1-2) along the 16th Street Mall. According to the City and County of Denver, these are different from the granite laid in the transitway down the center of the block — they are sand-set pavers meant for lightweight use like pedestrian traffic rather than mortar-set pavers built to withstand the heavy weight of the MallRide shuttles.

Sand-set pavers are laid on and set with a special type of sand that allows for more flexibility between the pavers which helps prevent cracking under high pressure and harsh weather conditions. The sand-set method also allows for easier replacement of the tiles and will promote the longevity of the pedestrian areas along 16th Street. 

The city selected PCL Construction as the design/build firm to carry out the 16th Street Mall Project. PCL’s $149 million design/build contract is funded through local, state, and federal funds, including voter-approved Elevate Denver bond funds and contributions from partners including the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, Colorado Department of Transportation, and Federal Transit Administration.

The 16th Street Mall Project will revitalize 16th Street from Market Street to Broadway. The city hopes that the project will improve safety and mobility, address deteriorating infrastructure, and create more opportunities for the people who live, work and visit the Mile High City to enjoy 16th Street for years to come.

Pedestrian walkways and storefront access will be maintained during construction on both sides of 16th Street, but walkways may be narrower. The work site will have gates at both intersections and intermittent flaggers to help direct construction and pedestrian traffic as needed. Signage and construction fencing will have signs to help visitors access transit and businesses.

intersection Closure at Larimer and 16th Streets

Starting this week, the intersection of Larimer Street and the 16th Street Mall is closing for improvement activities related to traffic lights and sidewalk infrastructure in the intersection. This work is expected to last approximately six weeks. See the detour map linked here

See milestones for each block on the city’s Current Project Activities page to keep track of progress.

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