Six-laning I-70 destroys Clear Creek County
When considering the options being put forth for the Interstate 70 corridor project, it is necessary to decide up front what is the preferred outcome.If it is increasing traffic and all that it would bring with it into Summit County by 50 percent after a major decline in it during the 15 years of construction, then the six-lane plan that would turn your neighbors’ home in Clear Creek County into a massive thoroughfare is your answer.If your preferred outcome is to move people more quickly and safely between Summit and the Denver metro area, to have the project done within the next decade with minimal disruption and inconvenience to both Summit and Clear Creek communities, and to reap the benefits of a more vibrant economy in Summit, then the AGS, the Advanced Guideway System (or monorail) is your answer.There are several factors to consider when debating the AGS possibility – technology, cost, construction time and potential usage.First, it will take no rocket scientist to develop the system. The technology exists. Second, the cost would be far less than the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) asserts, billions less. CDOT has its own priorities, and they collectively involve building new and widening existing roads. Its mission is all about moving gas-guzzling, oil-burning, noise-making, air-polluting vehicles. CDOT makes no bones about the fact it is not into the mass transportation business, just highways.Third, unlike the proposed 15-year construction-disruption window to complete an obsolete highway by the year 2025, the AGS could be running by the year 2014.Further, the disruption upon the community most impacted, Clear Creek, would be considerably less when it comes to citizens’ ability to commute and earn their living, their health, their environment and preservation of all of historical sites.Perhaps the most important consideration deals with the outcome: Would people use it? Would it be cost-effective in the long run?One only needs to look at the light rail system in the southwest metro area to see how people would be willing to alter their habits when it comes to transit.The citizens of Summit County have several opportunities to educate themselves about the entire issue, including the AGS. One is via the internet. First, visit the official website for the project at http://www.i70mtncorridor.com. Next, visit the alternative site, http://www.i70mtncorridor-truth.com.Then, revisit the official site and submit your comments. It would be best to comment on the separate issues on separate occasions. There is no greater community issue facing Coloradans who live along and commute through the I-70 corridor on a regular basis.
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