Bump-outs for Businesses

Bump-Out program

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Durango and Business Improvement District (BID) created the Bump-Out program to encourage outdoor dining and business activity in downtown Durango. This temporary program allows businesses along Main Avenue and 2nd Avenue to use parking spaces and adjacent parts of the right-of-way for outdoor seating, conducting transactions, and displaying merchandise. The program is intended to support economic recovery while reducing the spread of COVID-19. BID and City staff made upgrades to this year’s program to improve safety, design and functionality of the bump-outs. The first phase of bump-outs will be installed on Monday, March 15 and are set to come down on November 1, 2021.

To improve safety and traffic flow, Main Avenue was re-striped into one lane for traffic in each direction along with a center turn lane prior to installing the bump-outs. Parking is free downtown on weeknights after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Download a parking map here. 

To further enhance safety, the city temporarily reduced the speed limit to 15 miles per hour along the 500-1200 blocks of Main Avenue. The reduced speed limit is in effect May 21, 2021.

To learn more about the Bump-Out program, grants and application process, please contact Tommy Crosby at Tommy.Crosby@durangogov.org or (970) 375-4855. For more details about outdoor commerce areas and the Business Improvement District, contact Tim Walsworth at (970) 749-1157.

View signed Order #2020-09 (PDF) 

The permit application and outdoor liquor license can be found below.

Grant program

The city and BID are partnering on a new grant program to support business investment in bump-outs. Businesses may receive matching grants of up to $3,000 for costs of construction, materials, ADA improvements, landscaping and other enhancements. Application below.