Monday, December 12, 2005

Development Issues: The Beltway Battle

by Osman Parvez


The Issue: CDOT seeks a ~25 mile extension of the metro area beltway through Golden. Meanwhile local residents and other interested parties, have formed Citizens Involved in the Northwest Quadrant (CINQ) to oppose efforts to complete the beltway. The battle continues...

Quoting from an article in today's RMN, "It's not enough," Tom Norton (CDOT's Chief) says, "for residents of the northwest quadrant to think only of how they get around their area. They need to consider how other drivers from outside have to pass through it."

This quote lays bare the conundrum. Those living in the communities where a major multi-lane roadway is built are unlikely to appreciate benefits gained at the cost of increased noise, air pollution, and (usually) ugly infrastructure like overpasses and sound walls. Those traveling through may benefit from faster transportation, perhaps at the cost of a toll.


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