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City Council kicks off new study session schedule with look at traffic proposals

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By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — City Council members kicked off a new slate of regularly scheduled study sessions Monday, March 31, following recommendations made during Feburary’s Retreat Planning Committee meeting.

 

The committee, which met Feb. 25, suggested council use the fifth Monday of each month — occurring four times per year — for a council study session.Future “fifth Monday” study sessions will occur in June, September and December this year.

The March 31 study session — held after press deadline — was slated to include a presentation outlining a proposed 12-month council work schedule to keep better track of council’s plans for upcoming public hearings beyond the current 45- to 60-day calendar used for planning council meetings.

 

Traffic needs

Council also was slated to examine a presentation on working toward a needs analysis study on key traffic points in the city as to how to improve access. The presentation was prompted by ongoing discussions between city officials and officials from Denver and Adams County about possible modifications at the Steele and Vasquez interchange at Interstate 70.

The six key access points detailed in the presentation are:

• Connections at 48th, 50th and 52nd avenues between Colorado Boulevard and Vasquez;

• A stretch of 56th Avenue between Brighton Boulevard and York Street;

• The Vasquez interchange at Inerstate 270, with a focus on replacing the current cloverleaf interchange with a split diamond interchange;

• An extension of Holly Street from East 48th to East 50th Avenue offset from Ivy Street;

• A Holly Street connection over I-270;

• And a 60th Avenue connection to Brighton Boulevard.

An environmental assessment for I-270 would be required for further analysis of those traffic needs and moving ahead with seeking funding for work to be done. City officials are in discussions with the Colorado Department of Transportation on applying for a federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant (TIGER) to fund the environmental assessment.