The Camera among others persists in reporting that the Jefferson Parkway, if approved, will complete the beltway around metro Denver. More realistic reporting says it’s a step towards completion of the beltway. The Jefferson Parkway will neither complete the beltway nor be a substantial step towards its completion. On it’s northern end the parkway terminates at Interlocken, seven stop lights away from the Northwest Parkway. On the southern end it terminates several miles from Golden on Highway 93 well north of the part that’s notoriously congested at rush hour. Proposed plans for the Jefferson Parkway recognize that the most likely access for Boulder County residents to the Jefferson Parkway will be McCaslin Boulevard. McCaslin is a residential street next to numerous homes. Superior residents strongly oppose any plan that relies on our streets to solve a developers problem of how to access their parkway. Superior is seriously discussing how to calm traffic on McCaslin in the event the parkway is approved. Likewise Golden is strongly opposed the parkway, rightfully fearing a torrent of cars rushing through the constricted valley at 6th avenue near Golden.
I imagine the proponents of the parkway think if they build it, there will be political will to complete the next little bit making the venture successful. Who do they think will build the required seven interchanges on Interlocken, or mitigate the noise in Golden’s narrow valley, when the people at both ends of their little road are so opposed to it?
As humans, we like to plan and like to see those plans completed. Psychologically we want to see the completion of the circle. The Jefferson Parkway is yet another attempt to complete a circle better left broken. I encourage everyone to google Jefferson Parkway to see what is being proposed.