30 November 2006

T-Rex North?

Colorado's Department of Transportation in its waning days under the Owen's administration, has priced out the cost of expanding T-Rex expansions of I-25 from Broadway to 6th Avenue (i.e. in central Denver), and on the adjacent few blocks of 6th Avenue from I-25 to Federal Boulevard, called the Valley Highway Project. An extra lane in each direct and some redone bridge and intersection work would cost $294 million, of which only $107 million is in the budget for the next 24 years. The plan would displace up to 51 businesses and 9 residences, and could have some impact more than 100 parcels of land.

This is a high price to pay for roughly five miles of road construction, admittedly, in a high traffic area. A public hearing on the final environmental impact statement is scheduled to take place today, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 375 S. Zuni Street, just a little West of I-25 and just South of West Alameda Street.

Light rail service in the corridor is not a factor, because there is already light rail service in place.

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