Comment By Philip Ayers
For Regional Transportation Plan
Comment I live near Highway 93 in north Golden, and I am well aware of the traffic issues there. The proposed initial phase of the Jefferson Parkway (Highway 93 north of 64th Avenue to Highway 128) is the wrong answer. It does not appear to solve any existing traffic issues, and actually appears that it will make existing traffic issues worse. The point seems to be to encourage development in an out of the way and undeveloped (some beautiful open space) areas. I am hoping the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) will vote against including this proposal in the Regional Transportation Plan. This would not be a vote against progress, as the City of Golden, the City of Boulder and Boulder County have prepared a better plan that would fix the congestion and safety issues on Highway 93 and support transit and regional economic development. In addition, the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority’s own data shows that the project would dramatically increase traffic on Highway 93 and other surrounding roads. The resulting increased traffic on Highway 93 would exacerbate already serious safety problems for drivers and bicyclists. Highway 93’s fatality rate is double the state average. The Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority’s plan would require taxpayers to cover $800 million to $1 billion in additional transportation improvements. Thank you.
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