Today’s Headlines

  • CDOT, Using 1950s Widening Approach That Won’t End Traffic on I-70, Apparently Not “Trapped in the 20th Century” (Route 50)
  • Colorado Mortgaging Taxpayer-Owned Buildings to Build More, Wider Roads (DenPo)
  • ABC7 Considers Drivers Hitting Kids and Fleeing “Accidents”
  • New Homes, Retail Changing Face of West Colfax (Denverite)
  • Residents in Shadow of I-70 “Already Enjoying a Benefit” of Destructive Widening Project, According to DBJ
  • This Is the Kind of Thing That Happens in Places Built for Humans, Not Cars (9News)

National headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • TakeFive

    CDOT, Using 1950s Widening Approach That Won’t End Traffic on I-70,

    Actually, there was no I-70 to widen in the 1950’s.

    Between Colorado Boulevard and Interstate 25 Junction The first segment of I-70 to be built in Denver was through the northeast section of the city, along the route of 46 th Avenue . Construction of the 2.6 mile segment between Jackson Street (just west of Colorado Boulevard ) and the junction of I-25 started in 1961. The six-lane I-70 Viaduct was completed on September 12, 1964 for $12.5 million.

    Perhaps you’re thinking of the Valley Highway which was completed in 1958.

    In any case there’s reasons why metro Phoenix can accommodate a lot more vehicular traffic with less congestion than Denver. Hint: ADOT has been well funded since 1986 while CDOT has only sporadically been well funded. If you’re curious about below grade freeways take a drive through Scottsdale; they work wonderfully; the sides are either landscaped or have ‘artistic’ walls. If you’re curious about how a deck park/tunnel works check out the one in Phoenix which was completed in 1995 with the last mile of I-10 from east coast to west coast. Hint: it works great including the park deck and the adjacent Burton Barr Central Library.