The City of Golden needs another road and the region needs more sprawl like Imelda Marcos needs another pair of shoes.
Jefferson County Sheriff Mink (see November 30 Daily Camera) advocates the parkway because it would allegedly be a safer transit alternative and relieve traffic congestion. In fact, the proposed new gash would do neither. It would promote sprawl. There’s ample evidence to prove that new roads are not an enduring solution for congestion. If they were, there would be no traffic in Los Angeles.
Golden already bears a disproportionate burden of facilities that primarily benefit others in the region. Major thoroughfares, including I-70, C-470, US 40, US 6, CO-58 and Highway 93 balkanize the community and spew pollution from tens of thousands of cars that traverse the area every day. The community’s primary vistas are blighted by massive power lines that crawl over the mesas to the east and by TV towers that degrade the views of Lookout Mountain to the west. The towers also expose our residents to electromagnetic radiation for benefit of the greater Denver area.
Jefferson Parkway would be one more unnecessary insult and cost for Golden, degrading environmental quality, increasing isolation of neighborhoods, decreasing open space and neutering local government’s sovereignty to shape and quality of the community. It would provide very little if any benefit to the people of Golden while subsidizing private gain associated with massive new development to Arvada and Broomfield. Do we really need to essentially duplicate Broomfield’s Interlocken and Flatirons Mall just a few miles north?
If Sheriff Mink and private companies are so anxious to improve transportation in the area, let them work to fund improvements to Highway 93 and 6 without bulldozing an entirely new road through the region.
Ronald L. Rudolph