Regarding the proposed and upcoming Santa Fe Drive improvement between Highlands Ranch Parkway & C470. I would invite staff writer Nina Joss and any other interested party to drive Santa Fe Drive during rush hour; either northbound in the morning, or southbound in the afternoon, specifically, the section between Belleview and Evans. Now I realize that the area I’ve defined is not in Douglas County, but it does make a great point regarding traffic flow and design flaws.
I cannot say when this section of Santa Fe was constructed into its present form, but it was decided at the time that the intersections of Santa Fe and Dartmouth, Oxford and Union, should continue to be controlled by a stoplight, and not a more superior form of traffic flow. All the wider road did was to throw more traffic at the intersection in any given time. I realize that the railroad tracks on the east side are problematic, but a major north-south route like Santa Fe deserved better than traffic lights. The incredibly long lines of backed-up traffic during rush hours are a testimony to this.
So, in the new and upcoming project, what will be the plans for the existing stoplighted intersections of Santa Fe and C470, Blakeland Drive, Midway Drive or Town Center Drive, and even Highlands Ranch Parkway/Dumont Way?
During my time in corporate America, there was a saying among the worker bees: “Not enough time-money to do it right, but enough time-money to do it twice.” I fear this saying will prevail here. Whomever is in charge here be it DougCo or CDOT, please do it right. The taxpayers deserve it.