The City of Littleton recognizes that traffic congestion is a challenging issue at the intersection of Santa Fe Drive and Mineral Avenue. The Department of Public Works is conducting a study of the intersection to develop a potential design solution to better serve the needs of the area both in the near and long term.
This study will serve as a precursor to the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to be conducted starting next year for the overall Santa Fe Drive corridor.
Public Comment Report
Summary report of the comments received from the online survey and public open house.
Public Comment Report - November 2018
Public Meeting Information
Thank you to those who attended our public open house on September 13, 2018. Check out the Santa Fe / Mineral - Public Meeting Presentation.
At the open house September 13, the project team presented summaries of the existing conditions at the intersection, how things may get worse in the future, and solutions that can address traffic and safety issues. The solutions being considered include both at-grade solutions, meaning they would not require raising or lowering Santa Fe Drive, and grade-separated solutions, meaning that Santa Fe Drive would be put on a structure or bridge going over Mineral Avenue. Santa Fe would go over Mineral because of the railroad tracks adjacent to the intersection that would prevent a practical solution where Mineral goes over Santa Fe.
The at-grade solutions have been developed to address traffic issues in the short-term, at much lower cost. These improvements may be feasible to implement in the near-future to have a more immediate positive impact on traffic. In some cases, they may not accommodate the long-term traffic growth, and a grade-separation would still be needed at some point. As the conclusion of this study, the project team plans to have a short-term, relatively inexpensive solution identified, and a long-term, grade-separated solution that would carry forward into the overall long-term vision for the Santa Fe Corridor.
The City is partnering with Arapahoe County and the Colorado Department of Transportation to begin the fact gathering and planning stages for future improvements to the Santa Fe and Mineral intersection. Utilizing the services of an engineering firm (HDR, Inc.) that specializes in intersection design, the group will assess the current traffic and pedestrian demands related to commuter, transit and recreational uses in the area.