I-70/32nd Avenue Interchange Environmental Assessment (Clear Creek Crossing)
On December 9, an Open House/Informational Meeting was held at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center to give an update on the progress of a traffic study being conducted for possible future development of an area bounded by I-70, SH-58, 32nd Ave. and McIntyre St.
The 2006 I-70/32nd Ave. Environmental Assessment (EA) and 2007 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) contemplated full build-out of all commercial development and transportation improvements in this area. This new study looks at a phased approach, determining transportation improvements necessary as smaller pieces of commercial development are constructed.
Review of a phased development approach will include coordination with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to determine which elements of the 2006 EA and 2007 FONSI need to be re-evaluated based on either changed conditions in the area or recent changes in regulatory protocol. A consultant has been retained to begin this review by conducting a detailed traffic analysis for the proposed Clear Creek Crossing development. The conclusions of the traffic analysis will inform the environmental analysis necessary for the re-evaluation of the I-70/32nd Avenue Environmental Assessment.