For all those who are following the long and contentious debate about the future of Interstate 70 through North Denver, two events this week are of note:
Tomorrow, April 24th, Arturo Jimenez (who represents Sunnyside and other NW neighborhoods on the Denver Public Schools Board of Directors) will introduce a Board resolution asking CDOT to make a formal Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the alternative of re-routing I-70 away from North Denver by using I-270 and I-76. At least twelve Denver schools are within half a mile of I-70. Under present (1964) law, schools may not be within 1/2 mile of an interstate: either the school must move, or the highway must move. It’s perfectly evident that I-70 harms the physical environment and the health of children and staff at those 12 DPS schools. Although I-70 was routed across the north side of Denver before the National Environmental Protection Act came into effect, it does seem reasonable at least to make a serious study of moving the highway. No such SEIS of the re-route alternative has ever been done.
On Friday, from 1 to 5 PM at the Oxford Hotel in LoDo, a free event, the North Metro Denver Citizens’ TRANSPORTATION SUMMIT, will take place. The event is free, but an RSVP is requested. Full information information in both English & Spanish is available at www.UnitedNorthMetroDenver.com. John Norquist and Peter Swift, nationally recognized leaders in the movement to remove pernicious highways from cities, will be the chief presenters. It should be a very interesting and informative way to spend a Friday afternoon. There’s a reception following the event.