Why 23rd Avenue is closed from Steele to York streets

Don't worry - you'll still be able to get to the Denver Zoo, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and City Park while 23rd is shut down through next week.

If you're wondering why 23rd Avenue is shut down between York and Steele streets in Denver - you're not alone.

Denver Public Works sent out a news release Tuesday afternoon saying the roads will be closed through March 16 to help expedite prep work for the city's golf course redesign project.

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The golf course will be remade to temporarily hold and slow floodwaters, the city says. It was shut down last November for 18 months. The flood control project is a part of a larger, $200 million project to improve drainage within Denver as a whole.

The golf course is set to reopen sometime in 2019.

As for the roads, detours are in place for drivers, walkers and people riding bicycles. Delays are, of course, expected while the closure is in place.

"The public's patience and cooperation during construction are greatly appreciated," Public Works said in a news release. "All work is weather dependent and subject to change.

If anything changes - we'll be sure to update this story.