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Major traffic changes coming to Broadway and Lincoln as bus-only lanes go 24/7

DENVER -- The lanes on Broadway and Lincoln Avenue are about to get reduced.

Beginning Monday, the bus-only lane used during peak rush-hour traffic will convert to 24/7.

Currently, the far right lane is bus only when yellow flashers alert drivers.

The new 24-hour transit lanes will run on Broadway from 17th to Exposition avenues, and on Lincoln Street from Sixth to 14th avenues.

"It will make this an immovable mess of cars going down the street," said Ron Tavern, a business owner along South Broadway.

Tavern said the bike-only lane change last year impacted his business and fears this change will impact it as well.

"We all know Denver's population is moving fast," Denver Public Works spokeswoman Heather Burke said. "We are going to make bus travel more efficient and again we are going to be able to move more people through the corridor."

For frequent bus users suxh as Joe Pennino, the news is great. Pennino said bus-only lanes all day will speed up his commute.

"Cars are expensive, they are a pain in the neck and it's 3,000 pounds of metal to get you some place that you don't really need," Pennino said.