Road construction is as certain as death and taxes.
Even as drivers maneuver past orange barrels on Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock and up toward Fort Collins, CDOT officials are starting to plan another big I-25 project. And this one will be right in the heart of Denver, along a five-mile stretch from Alameda Avenue to 20th Street that sees a quarter of a million vehicles a day (including mine).
But Denver Post reporter Jon Murray, who writes about the big issues and projects in state transportation, found something a little different about this project: Early planning isn’t focusing just on the most efficient way to move cars through Denver but also leaving room for future passenger rail expansion and improving the safety of roads near the highway.
– Cindi Andrews, Denver Post Politics Editor
Morning rush-hour traffic moves along on Interstate 25 near Speer Boulevard and West 23rd Avenue on Sept. 25, 2019. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)
Five of The Denver Post’s best stories this week
At left: Joe Kniss, who goes by Joe Scrapper, makes a living collecting scrap metal. He lives in a Winnebago Itasca in Lakewood, pictured on Sept. 24. At right: Joe Kniss shares his dinner with Joe Bucci, a man that was walking by and knew him from the streets, inside Kniss’ RV in Lakewood on Sept. 24. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Lakewood City Council unanimously passed a measure this week barring people from parking RVs or travel trailers on public streets anywhere in Lakewood, a restriction that had previously applied only to residential areas.
Lakewood’s situation echoes what has happened in several California cities, where sky-high housing prices have led thousands to turn RVs into homes and city streets into temporary residential lots. Read more from John Aguilar.
Technicians working on the Orion Structural Test Article Crew Module at the Lockheed Martin Space Waterton Facility in Littleton on April 16, 2018. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Littleton-based Lockheed Martin will play a part in sending the first woman to the moon.
NASA and Lockheed Martin Space Systems announced a contract earlier this week that will produce and operate six Orion spacecraft missions, a program the space agency calls the “backbone” of its plans for deep-space exploration. Read more from Judith Kohler.
A SD40, 6-axle road switcher diesel-electric locomotive with OmniTRAX heads into the location of a new spur that will provide direct service to Intersand America Corp. in the Great Western Industrial Park in Windsor on Sept. 17, 2019. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)
Over the past five years, OmniTRAX’s operating earnings have grown at a compounded rate of more than 20% a year. That’s several-fold faster than the big freight railroads it connects with and even faster than what Google has achieved.
So how is Denver’s emerging player in a 190-year-old industry outpacing a leader of the digital economy? Read more from Aldo Svaldi.
Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll in 2016. (Andy Cross, Denver Post file)
Colorado Democrats want to close the “God gap.”
It’s the theory in political science that calling yourself religious and regularly attending services are strong predictors of your political party affiliation, and for the past three decades those voters have largely called themselves Republicans. Read more from Anna Staver.
A view from the Grand Mesa on Sept. 23 near Grand Junction. Much of the area surrounding Grand Junction is managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. BLM is looking to move its headquarters to Grand Junction. (RJ Sangosti, The Denver Post)
Two Denver Post reporters and a photographer visited the commercial hub of the Western Slope to talk with residents and local leaders about the issues that matter to them. It was part of The Post’s listening tour, an undertaking to connect with Coloradans during the break between elections and legislative sessions. Read more from Justin Wingerter and Judith Kohler.
Past listening tour stops:
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+ Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz announces his retirement from the department
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+ Vaping on campus: Douglas County schools to test alternatives to suspending students for e-cigarette use
+ Judge allows case against STEM School shooting suspect to move forward citing evidence she found persuasive
+ Shift to e-books puts crunch on Denver Public Library
+ C-470 construction likely to stretch into 2020, and Wall Street doesn’t like it
+ Coloradans don’t want another Vegas, but sports betting has a chance
+ Denver school board candidates agree on need for counselors, differ on eliminating cops in schools
+ They saved an infant at the Denver Zoo. Then they got to meet her.
Photo of the week
Joe Kniss, who goes by Joe Scrapper, makes his living by collecting scrap metal. Joe was homeless, but now lives in his own RV in Lakewood, Colorado. This past week the Lakewood City Council passed a measure barring people from parking RVs or travel trailers on public streets anywhere in Lakewood. With the prohibition taking effect on Oct. 26. Joe and other people in his situation in Lakewood will need to find a new place to live. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)