Movement To Stop Jefferson Parkway

Key Reasons To Stop Jefferson Parkway

  

1. IT’S A TOLL ROAD AND DOES NOT COMPLETE THE BELTWAY


  • The Tollway does not complete the Denver Metro Beltway. On the south end, the Tollway terminates over a mile north of W. 64th Parkway and Highway 93 which is ten miles and 8 traffic lights to C-470.
  • On the north end, the Tollway terminates on Highway 128 in the Interlocken area of Broomfield which is three miles and 7 traffic lights to the Northwest Parkway.
  • There is no plan or money to complete these two connection points.
  • The Tollway is estimated to cost users almost double per mile than driving on a public road. 


2. THE TOLLWAY CREATES INCREASED SAFETY THREATS TO MULTIPLE ARVADA NEIGHBORHOODS


  • The Tollway will result in unacceptable noise and light pollution, safety issues and other quality of life impacts to the Leyden Rock and Candelas communities in Arvada.
  • In one section of the Tollway, the backyards of over 130 homes in Leyden Rock are less than 65 yards from the Tollway with the back-property fence even closer—50 yards or less (7 car lengths). Noise levels in this area are estimated to increase 4 to 8 times over current sound levels. The Highway Authority's mitigation ideas do not substantially help.
  • Southbound through this section, vehicles coming downhill are expected to hit speeds of 70-75mph or more through a curving section. Trucks will need to downshift as the road curves. The result will be Increased noise and pollution in a very confined residential area of hundreds of homes.
  • Given the short distance to the back yards and homes, there are unacceptable safety risks to the families and children living and playing in their homes and backyards, including: 

                 The real possibility that vehicles, vehicle parts or debris could easily fly into the back yard of homes.

                 There is a high risk of fires. Since 2007, West Metro Fire has reported 29 fires along a 10-mile stretch                  

                  of C-470 between Morrison Road and Wadsworth Boulevard caused by vehicles, vehicle malfunction 

                  or cigarettes. Given the short distance to the homes and the strong winds that are often experienced 

                  in this area, hundreds of homes in Leyden Rock are at a substantial risk of fire damage.                              

  • By supporting this Tollway, Arvada and Broomfield elected officials have abdicated their obligation to protect the health and safety of our current and future residents.


3. THE TOLLWAY WILL POSE AN INCREASED HEALTH RISK TO MULTIPLE COMMUNITIES BY   STIRRING UP PLUTONIUM CONTAMINATION FROM ROCKY FLATS


  • From 1970-2013, a dozen studies from a variety of sources have all consistently found that the Indiana Street corridor has plutonium contamination of HUNDREDS of times background radiation.The soil in that corridor was NOT cleaned up in the Rock Flats cleanup, which was limited to the Central Operable Unit. 
  • Given the amount of cut-and-fill by heavy equipment, and given the scope of the project, there is considerable risk that construction of the Tollway along the Indiana Street Corridor could expose thousands of area citizens to highly carcinogenic airborne plutonium oxide dust particles.
  • It is established that inhalation is the plutonium exposure pathway of greatest concern, and that re-suspension of plutonium in the Rocky Flats soil will then get into the air and will increase as wind increases. All it takes to get highly carcinogenic Rocky Flats plutonium into a person’s lungs is one unlucky breath on a breezy day.
  • It is time the City Councils of Arvada and Broomfield stop choosing wealth over health and protect our current and future citizens.


4. THE TOLLWAY’S PRIMARY PURPOSE IS COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT, NOT TO IMPROVE TRAFFIC


  • The primary reason for the Tollway is increased sales and tax revenue through increased economic development, jobs and amenities around Candelas in Arvada and Rocky Mountain Metro Airport area in Broomfield. This will generate increased congestion and sprawl along the entire northern corridor.
  • Over 85% of Arvada residents live east of Indiana Street and will have no use for this Tollway. Despite bisecting the community, Leyden Rock residents will have no access. 
  • It is not clear how the Tollway will benefit the people of Arvada, especially those neighborhoods that will see increased health and safety risks; Leyden Rock, Candelas, Whisper Creek, Five Parks, and more.
  • Rather than improving traffic, the Tollway will result in increased congestion. Southbound traffic on the Tollway will dump on Highway 93 with a new stop light on 93 between W. 64th Parkway and 82nd Street with no plan to improve traffic flow. Northbound the Tollway will increase traffic congestion in the Interlocken area by dumping traffic onto hwy 128 with no plan to improve traffic flow.
  • Design plans call for a realignment of northern Indiana Street to include the construction of a roundabout. This design is an attempt to slow traffic on Indiana and direct more traffic to the Tollway.


5. ARVADA, THE DEVELOPER AND BUILDERS DEMONSTRATE A LACK OF CONCERN FOR ARVADA CITIZENS


  • In 2011 the city of Arvada required the developer of Leyden Rock to provide the pathway for the Tollway in exchange for annexing the land. A residential development plan was approved with no public input which directed the Tollway route to less than 65 yards through part of the housing development and split the community in half. This may be the only neighborhood in the U.S. with a high-speed tollway through the middle of a residential neighborhood.
  • The annexation agreement required signage throughout the neighborhood, including a fence to show the Tollway right of way through the community. The signers are not in compliance as most of the required signage never appeared. Many signs that were erected have not been maintained and have been knocked down by high winds
  • Leyden Rock homebuilders provided either no information or misinformation to many homebuyers. In some cases, visuals were provided which showed the Tollway being considerably lower through the neighborhood, or residents were told the Tollway would never be built. First time buyers were required to sign an information disclosure, which didn’t provide complete information or a review of the risks. Buyers of existing homes never saw an information disclosure. 
  • The Tollway will lower home values in Leyden Rock and the surrounding neighborhoods especially to those homes close to the Tollway. Lower home values negatively impact all homes values regardless of their proximity to the Tollway. It will result in slower sales of homes in the neighborhood and increase the population of renters.


6. ARVADA IS USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO FUND THE TOLLWAY PROJECT AND BOARD OPERATIONS


  • The City of Arvada has contributed nearly $5 million of taxpayer dollars to the Tollway since the Parkway Authority was created in 2008. Adding taxpayer dollars from Broomfield and Jefferson County, it is estimated that over $12 million of taxpayer dollars have been contributed to date.
  • The Tollway is requesting $7.5 million for 2019 ($2.5 million from each funder). Also, it is unknown what future funding will be requested of the three primary stakeholders.
  • While the three funding entities have agreements with the Authority to recoup these funds from the winning bidder, there is no guarantee. This may only happen if the Tollway is built and revenue projections are met. Even then, the city will only recoup these taxpayer dollars over an extended time frame—perhaps two to three decades or more.



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