Camino Crossing Project

Camino del Rio Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossing Study finalized after public review


10/5/2020: 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 Advisory Board review.

Click here to review the completed feasibility study.
See the public comment log here.  

The study recommended:

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).

In June 2020, the Multimodal Advisory Board (MAB) unanimously approved a motion to pursue a variance for an at-grade crossing at 12th Street, and to concurrently look further into the two 12th Street alignments proposed in the feasibility study. The request for a variance to install a standard traffic signal at 12th Street was denied due to the inflexibility of the MUTCD warrants. 

Next Steps: During their August discussion of CIP priorities, MAB recommended funding the design of a separated-grade crossing of Camino del Rio and 12th Street in the 2021 budget.  If the project is adopted in the 2021 budget, multimodal staff is prepared to move forward with issuing an RFP for design and engineering in early 2021 and explore grant opportunities to help alleviate construction costs. 

For more information on the Camino Crossing project, email multimodal@DurangoGov.org, or call (970) 375-4901. 

Previous meeting dates:

  • April 15 Multimodal Advisory Board meeting
  • May 13 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting
  • May 20 Multimodal Advisory Board meeting
  • June 1 Planning Commission meeting
  • July 14 City Council Study Session

Previous website updates
4/10/20: PST Engineering has completed the preliminary Camino del Rio Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossing Study, exploring 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 purpose of this study is to recommend a location (or locations) for safe pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between the Animas River Trail and the downtown Durango central business district, across the heavily-trafficked Camino del Rio. 

3/10/20: The heart of historic downtown Durango extends from 5th Street to 14th Street, from Camino del Rio to East 3rd Avenue. This area was developed during an era when walking was a primary mode of transport, and even today walking and bicycling are favored modes in the corridor for short to medium-length trips. Camino also serves as a primary north/south highway corridor in the state and accommodates a steadily increasing amount of freight and motorist traffic. Therefore, the Camino corridor itself is largely vehicle-centric.

Running parallel to Camino throughout the downtown corridor, the Animas River Trail (ART) is the centerpiece of the City of Durango’s trail system. It stretches nearly 7 miles through Durango’s Animas River Greenway. The ART serves as the spine of the city’s overall trail network and provides easy access to a variety of parks, open spaces and natural surface trails. The ART is a recreational trail as well as an important component of the city’s transportation network. The ART is used extensively by area residents and visitors alike and is consistently rated as one of Durango’s top amenities.

The City of Durango recognizes the need to provide a safe and convenient crossing for pedestrians and cyclists between the ART and downtown Durango from 6th to 12th Streets. With a focus on safety and connectivity, the City contracted a study in fall of 2019 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 completed study will be posted here, and followed by a public process to gather comments from the community.

HAWK crossing 12th