The transportation planning & engineering staff guides the planning, policy, and projects of the city to ensure that future investments support the city’s strategic plan. Staff specializes in innovative initiatives, strategies and policies to improve transportation options, increase safe bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs, ensures new developments support ease of mobility and supports citywide programs that improve the quality of life for residents and visitors, and to support economic development.

Planning and engineering services include transportation studies, traffic counts, speed studies and safety evaluations. Staff plans and designs the city’s traffic signals, roadway signs, pavement markings, parking lots and parking garages. 
 
For information about roadway standards and specifications for the design and construction of public and private improvements, please visit the Engineering Division’s  Standards and Specifications page.


Comprehensive Roadway Plan 

The city’s Comprehensive Roadway Plan was updated and adopted by Westminster City Council in 2008. The Roadway Plan evaluated traffic conditions, identified improvements to mitigate deficiencies, identified and prioritized long-range roadway transportation improvements, and explores opportunities to enhance linkages between the city’s vehicular transportation system and that of the Regional Transportation District (RTD) and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).


Mobility Action Plan 

Westminster’s Mobility Action Plan (MAP) was a yearlong study that identified challenges to multi-modal travel (e.g., walking, biking, taking the bus or light rail) in the city. Based on extensive public involvement and data analysis, MAP is comprehensive in nature, addressing over 80 sidewalk, bikeway, and transit infrastructure needs, programs, and policies.

Recommendations in the Plan will help connect the public and take advantage of great community assets, such as the  new Downtown Westminster, the Westminster Station area, RTD’s Flatiron Flyer BRT, our numerous parks, trails, shopping destinations and more. The Plan also showcases five demonstration projects that will be implemented in the  near term.

Through MAP efforts, the city envisions itself to deliver walking, bicycling, transit, driving and carpooling options that support active living for people of all ages and abilities, provide for safer and healthy transportation, and improve the economic and physical health of the City and its citizens. Please use the links below to learn more about the Plan, project recommendations, and the demonstration projects.


Parking

Parking is an essential component of the city’s transportation system. Westminster is committed to working with businesses, residents and visitors alike to meet their diverse parking needs. The city runs two municipal parking garages that are available for public use.

  • Downtown Westminster - Located in the corner of Eaton Street and 89th Avenue, is six stories tall with 880 parking stalls, 16 Electric Vehicle Stations, and over 50 bike parking spaces. The garage is the first publicly-owned Parksmart garage in the United States, which is a green building certification program that defines high-performing, sustainable garages to reduce environmental impact, increase energy efficiency, provide better lighting and ventilation, and promote alternative modes of transportation. The garage will be followed by several others in the Downtown to provide convenient public parking throughout the area.
     
  • Westminster Station - Located in the corner of Hooker Street and Westminster Station Drive. The garage has 600 parking spaces, four Electric Vehicle Stations, over 20 bike parking spaces, a Zagster bike share station nearby, and is an RTD bus transfer facility to serve the intermodal station. Visit our transit page to learn more about parking on a RTD Park-N-Ride garage.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The city received a grant from the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) to install dual-port charging stations through a Charge Ahead Colorado grant. The RACQ is the lead air quality planning agency for the Denver Metropolitan Area and offers grants to local governments to reduce harmful air pollutants.


Residents and visitors can charge their electric vehicles at the Downtown Westminster (8855 Eaton Street ) and Westminster Station (72nd Avenue and Federal Boulevard ) parking garages. The charging stations are next to the elevators on Level 1 and Level 2 of the structure. Electric vehicle charging will be available for free through September 6, after which a small fee will be charged. Visit Chargepoint for more information on charging fees and establishing an account.


Street Lights

As part of the city’s effort to become an environmentally responsible, City Council approved the retrofit of existing high pressure sodium and mercury vapor streetlights with more efficient LED streetlights in new large development. LED streetlights make colors look bright and more ‘true’ to the natural color, even when the amount of light is less than the old lights. New developments are required to install LED street lights and will need to follow the standards and specification listed below.

The city continues to use Xcel Energy along our roadways. Outages or repairs of street lights within city limits can be reported directly to Xcel Energy at 1-800-895-4999 or submit an online request to Xcel Energy.


Traffic Signals

Traffic signals are an important component of the city’s transportation network. They control the flow of all modes of traffic at our busiest intersections. Traffic engineers are responsible for the design, operation and maintenance all traffic signal equipment on Westminster roadways.
When carefully and thoughtfully designed, traffic signals can a provide safe and efficient route through intersections for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles. The city follows the Manual of uniform Control Devices (MUTCD) to determine whether a particular location justifies a traffic signal. For more information about traffic signal warrants, please read CDOT’s Traffic Signal Brochure.


Traffic Counts

Staff keeps a library of hundreds of traffic counts throughout the city. Traffic counts have many uses in traffic engineering. They are used to set the timing of traffic signals, determine the number of lanes needed at an intersection or along a street, calculate crash rates, and to gauge the growth (or decline) in traffic over time.


In 2017, the city conducted road segment count in all major arterials. Road segment counts tells us the level of activity on a road for an entire day, or even several days. Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs) log every vehicle that passes in each direction, from which we calculate daily traffic volumes for the street. Please use the link below to see learn more about traffic counts.