Tell CDOT Why Widening I-70 in North Denver Is a Bad Idea

The fight over Colorado DOT’s billion-dollar-plus plan to widen I-70 is coming to a head. Many residents, especially of north Denver where the highway has spliced neighborhoods for years, have spoken against this project since around the turn of the century. They’ll bear the brunt of the additional noise and pollution, but widening the highway will also pump more traffic throughout the city.

Colorado DOT will host public hearings on the project this week. More on those and other events below.

Tuesday: I’ll be on Colorado Public Radio speaking with a Colorado DOT rep about the agency’s city-altering plan to widen I-70. After more than a decade of planning, the project is nearing the end of the federally mandated process, but that doesn’t mean creating more space for cars to clog the roads in and around north Denver is a good idea. Tune in to Colorado Matters on 90.1 FM to hear the conversation at 10 a.m.

Wednesday: Now that the roads agency has finished its environmental impact statement, Colorado DOT will host public hearings on the I-70 expansion. This is a chance to add your opinion to the record and let state and local officials know why spending more than a billion dollars to create more traffic is a bad idea. Before speaking, check out our coverage and Unite North Metro Denver. Bruce Randolph Middle School, 3955 Steele St. 5 – 8 p.m. Hearings in Aurora and Commerce City are on Monday and Tuesday.

Thursday: The Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee will host its monthly meeting. MBAC’s members advise Mayor Michael Hancock on all things biking, whether it’s about infrastructure, policy, or education. This is where people who ride often get together and decide what’s important to pedal the city’s bike friendliness forward. No need to be a member — the meetings are open to everyone. 201 W. Colfax Ave., Room 4.F.6 at 5:30 p.m.


Friday’s Headlines

Driver Hit and Killed a Person Crossing the Street in CO Springs (Gazette) Colorado Senators and US House Members are to the Point of Writing Letters Urging RTD, Denver Transit Partners, and the Federal Rail Administration to Work Together to Avoid Further Loss of Service or Delays (CPR) …Also, Tomorrow is the Deadline. (DenPo) CDOT […]

Thursday’s Headlines

Denver City Council Proposes New Plan to Create Safer Walkways for People Around Construction Sites (Fox31) RTD Will Still be Doubling the Number of Train Cars on the A-Line, Amid Looming Deadline and Ongoing Problems (Denver7) More on the Plans for CDOT’s Old Home Base (DBJ) An Art Installation is Coming to Federal Boulevard to […]

Wednesday’s Headlines

Another Driver, Another Structure Crashed Into- This Time it was an Apartment and a Resident Was Injured (9News) How Denver Streets and Sidewalks Aren’t Set-Up for People to Walk, Bike and Scoot Safely, and What Should be Done About it (Denverite) A Review of the South Monaco Bike Lane, Conclusion: Not Enough Riders (Denver Urbanism) […]