Denver streets reopen; low protest turnout cited
DENVER, Colorado ” Lower-than-expected turnout for protest marches has prompted authorities to reopen some Denver traffic lanes sooner than planned on the first day of the Democratic National Convention.
About 12 blocks along two busy streets reopened at around noon on Monday, instead of 3 p.m. as planned. Authorities say they could remain open for the duration of the convention if marches can be accommodated safely.
The Joint Information Center, an emergency-response command set up by the city for the convention, cites “low attendance and parade participation” for the change.
About seven blocks of westbound Colfax Avenue and five blocks of southbound Speer Boulevard had been closed for Monday’s marches. Eastbound Colfax and northbound Speer were not affected.