Drivers traveled an estimated 51 billion miles in Colorado in 2015. (Karl Gehring, Denver Post file)

Re: “Colorado right to expand I-70 in north Denver,” Jan. 28 editorial.


real issue of the Interstate 70 expansion is not whether it should be rebuilt but where it should be rebuilt. The Post’s editorial staff missed the point of Unite North Metro Denver’s insistence that highways don’t belong in cities. It is an important, but overlooked, distinction.

The Colorado Department of Transportation’s preference is to remove the elevated portion of I-70 that goes through Globeville, Elyria and Swansea and replace it with a “partial covered alternative with managed lanes option.” All we have asked CDOT is to seriously evaluate another alternative, e.g., rerouting traffic around this area via Interstate 76 and Interstate 270 before deciding on a preferred alternative.

Assuming the editorial’s projections of traffic are realized, the editorial should have concluded that more traffic leads to more pollution. All the more reason to reroute the I-70 traffic out of the city away from Globeville, Elyria and Swansea.

Frank Sullivan, Denver

This letter was published in the Feb. 4 edition.

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