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C-470 expansion and DRCOG planning updates – Transportation / Feb. 3, 2016

On Feb. 3, 2016, The Chamber Transportation committee heard updates from Jerome Estes, CDOT Project Director about the C-470 expansion, and from Steve Cook, DRCOG MPO Planning Program Manager about transportation planning for the region.

A few highlights from each  presentation:

C-470 Express Lanes:

CDOT

  • Generally, one tolled express lane in each direction on C-470 between I-25 and Wadsworth
  • Specifically, two westbound tolled express lanes from I-25 to Colorado and eastbound tolled express lane from Wadsworth to west of Platte is an Additional Requested Element
  • Auxiliary lanes in required locations
  • Safety and operational improvements between I-25 and Quebec
  • Improvements to ramps including direct-connect ramps at I-25 and C-470
  • Water-quality features and noise barriers
  • ITS elements and tolling equipment
  • Bike/ Pedestrian Trail Grade Separations at Quebec and Colorado (Possibly Yosemite)

DRCOG Transportation Planning Update:

DRCOG 2016

Regional Growth – by 2040

  • 1.2 million more people will live in the Denver region
  • Vehicle miles traveled will increase by about 32%
  • Severely congested roads will double
  • Age 60+ population share will go from 18% to 25%

Transportation Topics

  • New Federal FAST Act – transportation bill
  • Safety – traffic fatalities on the rise
  • Increase in bicycle and pedestrian use
  • Connections to transit stations
  • Aerotropolis

 

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