In fall of 2012 Denver Planning released a draft of the Colfax Federal Interchange Alternatives report (Report). The report provides four interchange alternatives (design approaches) to replace the existing cloverleaf. The Partnership has long advocated for the removal of the cloverleaf. It does not provide safe pedestrian access along Federal and is wasteful of property utilizing 29 acres, which could be better utilized as developable land and contributing open space. Plus, there is a big uncomfortable gorilla sitting on top of the cloverleaf – a brand new gleaming Federal bridge recently completed by the Colorado Department of Highways. This multi-million dollar investment is probably not going anywhere soon – though it is hard to stomach that the bridge could mandate the future of our community for the next 30 years. Any future interchange redesign/reconstruction must contend with this reality.
At the fall public membership meeting of the Partnership November 15, Denver Planning and the consultant team on the project presented the Report. After the meeting, the Partnership board met and discussed the Report during two board meetings. From the meetings a position letter was drafted and provided to Denver Planning, City Council representatives and surrounding community organizations. As reflected in the position letter the Partnership supports several of the recommendations of the Report. There are two primary concerns. (more…)