More Messages: No West Side Love

Memo to Denver radio's traffic reporters: The local metropolitan area actually extends west of the I-25 corridor.

As a resident of the Ken-Caryl Ranch area who's commuted downtown for sixteen years, I know from bitter personal experience that many traffic updates simply overlook the section of C-470 that runs along the foothills. Why? Got me. After all, the communities that border this thoroughfare on either side continue to grow, as witnessed by the worsening traffic. Yet this fact seems to have escaped the notice of traffic watchdogs -- and this morning offers a prime example. An accident near the Morrison exit created a jam between five and ten miles long just prior to 8 a.m., and had I known, I would have taken an alternate route. Unfortunately, though, the traffic reporters at KOA-AM/850 and AM-950/The Fan made no mention of this problem. Their oversight cost me more than fifteen minutes of my life -- and while I did receive a booming headache back in return, I don't really consider that to be a fair trade.

So consider this to be a desperate plea to Denver's helicopter jockeys. Look west! You may be surprised at what you'll find. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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