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Thoughts and Experiences from the Mile High City of Denver, Colorado

What a train wreck Denver traffic has become

Peter Soeth

Denver traffic is horrible and it is only getting worse. Today traffic was stop-and-go from north of 120th on Interstate 25 through Colfax.  

There were no accidents, the only problem was the off-ramp was closed to Colfax Ave. Not to worry, CDOT was warning drivers as far north as the Interstate 76 interchange of the issue. 

Unfortunately that didn't help things. If it's closed just drive by or get off sooner. Make adjustments. But that wasn't happening. 

As soon as I got past the Colfax off ramp traffic opened up and I continued on. People just need to become more aware of what is going on and be better drivers.  

This doesn't absolve CDOT. They should have been more proactive in their planning. The current toll lane for the north part of Interstate 25 won't improve anything. Also RTD has been too slow adding commuter rail north of town. 

The north metro area has paid more than its fair share for traffic and transportation projects. But time has come to adequately build projects there. Unfortunately I think they will still be ignored.