Letter to the Editor: Jefferson Parkway disconnect

Posted 1/22/19

With great fanfare Arvada (The Arvada Report December 2018/January 2019) announced the final actions before construction begins on the Jefferson Parkway after 50 years of planning and concludes …

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Letter to the Editor: Jefferson Parkway disconnect

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With great fanfare Arvada (The Arvada Report December 2018/January 2019) announced the final actions before construction begins on the Jefferson Parkway after 50 years of planning and concludes that completion will “allow motorists, for the first time, to fully utilize the ring road system envisioned by Congress in 1968.” It will marry State Highways 128 on the north with 93 on the south.
But wait a minute. The ring is still broken. There is no connection to the Northwest Parkway or to C-470. That puts tremendous pressure on Interlocken roads, Highways 128 and 93, and Sixth Avenue for both traffic and road maintenance. I asked the Jefferson Parkway Highway Authority about this. The Administrator, Bill Ray, gave a very candid and forthright reply. Connection to the north is the responsibility of the Northwest Parkway Authority and connection to the south is responsibility of the State. Those entities are aware of the situation but have not done anything about it. So, as we wait another 50 years or so, there will be a big beautiful road from no place to nowhere. Couldn’t there have been better cooperation than that with 50 years of planning? Will there be any coordinated effort in the future?
Mike Reimer,
Arvada

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