Op­po­si­tion to CDOT’s plan to widen I-70 through Den­ver

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: John Brink, Tom Mor­ris,

“Ditch the de­lay on I-70 ex­pan­sion,” July 18 ed­i­to­rial.

The Den­ver Post’s fawn­ing ed­i­to­rial about the Colorado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s con­duct re­lated to the I-70 ex­pan­sion pro­ject can­not go unan­swered. CDOT has put all its eggs in the wrong bas­ket. Its anal­y­sis of al­ter­na­tives was in­ad­e­quate, merely rat­i­fy­ing its bias in fa­vor of ex­pand­ing the high­way in its ex­ist­ing align­ment. No won­der CDOT had to pony up sweet­en­ers for the im­pacted neigh­bor­hoods, which have un­justly borne the brunt of pol­lu­tion and dis­rup­tion for decades since they were carved apart by I-70 and I-25.

Your faith in the pro­ject pro­po­nents’ so­lu­tions to stormwa­ter is­sues is naive and mis­placed. Un­less the courts in­ter­vene, CDOT’s at­tempt to cir­cum­vent the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Pol­icy Act will im­pose an un­wanted flood­way on neigh­bor­hoods af­fected by the Platte to Park Hill drainage pro­ject and ir­re­triev­ably harm the his­toric City Park Golf Course.

Four­teen years of anal­y­sis lead­ing to the wrong con­clu­sions does not jus­tify pro­ceed­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion.


Your ed­i­to­rial op­pos­ing a de­lay in the con­struc­tion of the $1.2 bil­lion ex­pan­sion of In­ter­state 70 for two ad­di­tional lanes of traf­fic for Cadil­lacs, Beemers and Mercedes ig­nores the value of what is be­ing de­stroyed.

An im­pov­er­ished com­mu­nity which has man­aged to sur­vive suc­ces­sive at­tacks by the city and county of Den­ver could be a model for our ap­proach to deal­ing with poverty. In­stead, we will cast it to the four winds in the in­ter­ests of 1 per­cent of our pop­u­la­tion who can af­ford to be in a hurry.

While the loss of a golf course and the flood­ing of Globeville are also well on the down­side of the ex­pected ef­fects of the new traf­fic jam, the loss of a hu­man com­mu­nity will be in­fin­itely more dam­ag­ing to the city. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@ den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Den­ver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by phone at 303-954-1331.

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