Current I-70 situation limits growth and saves Clear Creek County |

Current I-70 situation limits growth and saves Clear Creek County

Don SamuelsRuby Ranch

I was disheartened when I read in the April 29 edition of so many officials supporting the widening of Interstate 70 to six lanes.I view the current I-70 capacity as a fantastic limiter on growth in the county. Why would we want to have an increase in capacity which would increase our sprawl? As usual, the officials make no mention as to what this would do to Clear Creek County. I guess listening to other points of view is not part of their job description.But if Mayor Lou DelPiccolo of Silverthorne wants an expansion, then how about this route for him: A new interstate is built following the rail line leading to Winter Park, then following U.S. 40 to Kremmling and finally down to I-70 following Highway 9?This would, of course, wipe out the town, not to mention my quality of life up in Ruby Ranch.What if similar schemes wiped out swaths of Dillon and Breckenridge, since Dillon town manager Jack Benson and Breckenridge Town Councilmember J.B. Katz also support six lanes?To all of these officials, before so quickly supporting this expansion, driven by the Colorado Department of Transportation, ask yourselves the following questions. When this expansion is done, will the quality of life of the constituents that elected you really be better? Will the county (and your towns) benefit from increased sprawl, higher real estate prices and an even more critical shortage of affordable housing?During the 15 to 20 years it will take to do the expansion, will the quality of life of the constituents who elected you be better? We trade occasional traffic jams that are predictable to a constant traffic jam.If you have to go down to the Denver area, you now have a perpetual traffic jam for the duration of the construction.I think the answer is to just maintain I-70 as a four-lane highway.

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