||Dear Members of the Denver Regional Council of Governments,
We are writing to express our
thoughts about the vote on the Jefferson
Parkway Toll Road that is being voted on
January 20, 2010. We are NOT in favor of
the proposal as it is now presented. We
are in favor of the plan that is being pro-
posed by the mayors of Superior, Boulder, Golden and the Boulder County
commissioner which would be part toll
road and the widening of state highway
Colorado 93. The city of Golden is not in
favor of the Jefferson Parkway toll road as it would impact their people living along the toll road. We do not believe this road should be forced on them if they are against this plan. We feel the toll road relies on 20th century ideas and would not address the needs of our present day as well as the plan by the group of mayors and the county commissioner. First, we feel the toll road would impact the wild life and
beauty along its path and would destroy
many animal habitats if it is built. It would probably cause too much development that would cover open lands and mar the beauty of the moutain backdrop.
Second, we understand the toll road would increase traffic on most of the other major roads in the area, including
64th Avenue, Colorado 72, Colorado 58
and U.S. 6.
The new plan put forth by the group of mayors and the county commissioner would increase the highway's safety and
capacity while lessening problems caused by weather and wildlife. The alternative plan as proposed in The Denver Post Editorial article on Tuesday,
December 1, 2009 in the Guest Commen-
tary suggests expanding public transit and adding separated bike routes so that travelers in the area would not be
completely dependent on cars.
We are residents of Arvada and we believe that this plan should be looked into before the Jefferson Parkway Toll Road is voted
on. Thank you for your time and interest.
Gerald and Carolyn
(if one submitted)