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Reader: Denver Traffic's Getting to Be as Bad as L.A.'s and I-70 East Plan Won't Help

As Patricia Calhoun reported, Denver City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega has asked for additional time to review the results of an almost thirteen-year study analyzing transportation alternatives for the heavily congested I-70 corridor from I-25 to Tower Road.

The post didn't inspire many fans to speak out in the plan's favor.

But it did motivate plenty of critics.

Here are takes from three of them.

John Elliott writes:

You can't build your way out of traffic congestion — look at LA. Until this city — and this country — take a serious look at, and make a serious investment in, public transportation infrastructure that works, we'll continue to have some of the worst traffic in the western U.S.

Chris Lewis writes:

And you wonder why traffic in this city sucks so bad. By the time they get around to building it, they'll need to double the size of the project. Just look at C-470....

Katherine Cornwell writes:

This project represents the worst 1960s era thinking about how to move people around and through a 21st Century city. CDOT used an out of date travel demand model and land use forecast. This project will cost nearly $2B. Most of the community comments received about this project demand that CDOT study (using up to date travel demand model and land use forecast) the widening vs. another alternative that would reroute I-70 and retrofit the viaduct as a high capacity, multimodal, urban boulevard. CDOT has employed spin doctors in order to get this ill-conceived plan off the ground. In the 13 years that CDOT has been dragging its heels on this project, commuter choices have shifted dramatically and technology has eclipsed the transportation modeling tools of the last century. The National Environmental Policy Act requires the study of all reasonable alternatives. NEPA requires this thoughtful level of study to prevent the needless bulldozing of homes and intact neighborhoods. Furthermore, Globeville and Elyria Swansea are the kind of Environmental Justice communities that NEPA was designed to protect from further degradation in air quality, displacement, and other impacts. This project has been ranked as one of the 12 biggest boondoggles currently proposed in the US by the US Public Interest Research Group. On top of it all it has been proven time and again the widening roads does not relieve congestion. Mass transit relieves congestion.

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