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Santa Fe Traffic Study Completed

Post Date:09/16/2022
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Littleton and several partner agencies have concluded a groundbreaking study planning the future of Santa Fe Drive, identifying several short, medium, and long-term projects to improve the corridor.

The Santa Fe Drive Action Plan, formerly called the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study, was a two-year effort to holistically examine traffic conditions and solutions along Santa Fe Drive from C-470 to I-25. The project was led by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), with collaboration from the cities of Littleton, Denver, Sheridan, and Englewood, as well as Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The bulk of the funding was provided by a federal grant, with Littleton contributing $250,000.

The Action Plan was developed with substantial public outreach and data analysis. The report concluded with recommendations for improvement projects along the 11-mile corridor and adjacent trail and light rail systems.

Two near-term projects are already under design in Littleton, with funding provided by CDOT: an access control and safety improvements project at the Santa Fe Drive/Crestline Avenue intersection; and a safety, capacity, and multimodal improvements project associated with the Santa Fe Drive/Prince Street intersection.

The final step in the action plan is to spend the remainder of the funding on Phase 2, beginning design on several of the other near-term and longer-term projects. This phase includes three projects within Littleton, including a multimodal improvement at the Mineral Light Rail Station, an evaluation of congestion mitigation alternatives at the Santa Fe Drive/Bowles Avenue intersection, and a C-470 to Mineral Avenue trail alignment analysis.

A city council study session has been scheduled for October 11, where the project management team will present final outcomes of the project.

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