Denver Road Diet Watch: Bus-only lanes are coming to 17th Street downtown in the next few weeks

Denver Public Works crews began painting bus lanes on 17th Street downtown overnight as part of the Hancock administration’s bid to improve the speed and reliability of public transit.

When finished, the project will complement the busway on 15th Street, a major thoroughfare into downtown, two blocks away. The department reorganized 15th to prioritize buses earlier this fall. Like those lanes, the 17th Street busway will be closed to cars 24 hours a day, except when they’re making right turns.

For now, the busway will begin at Market Street because of nearby construction. Eventually, buses will have their own lanes between Blake Street and Broadway, according to Public Works. White lines, red paint, “Bus Only” pavement markings and overhead signs will delineate the lanes from general traffic.