Update September 14, 2018
The City of Littleton recognizes that the Santa Fe Drive and Mineral Avenue intersection is challenging for motorists, cyclists, buses, and pedestrians. That is why the Department of Public Works is conducting a study of the intersection to develop potential design solutions to better serve the needs of the area both in the near and long term. The city hosted the first open house for the study on September 13 which gave the public an opportunity to talk with the project team and provide feedback. Information was presented on why this intersection study is necessary, existing conditions, future traffic congestion, and possible long and short-term solutions.
In addition to the public open house, the city has posted a survey on Open Littleton that has generated more than 70 responses. Some of the response highlights are:
• 60% of respondents believe the intersection is not safe
• 96% of respondents travel through the intersection on a daily or weekly basis
• “I’ve seen multiple rear end crashes here due to everyone speeding up and then hitting their brakes again when the light turns red.”
• “Too much traffic for the limited space.”
• “The biggest challenge is the bike lane that was carved out of westbound Mineral which reduced the number of cars that could take a right hand turn onto Jackass Hill – Prince St.”
This study will determine a vision for the intersection that will be incorporated into the overall corridor Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study, planned for 2019. The next open house will take place in December 2018. In the meantime, take the survey online at openlittleton.org or learn more about the project at littletongov.org/santafe-mineral.
Article Published August 1, 2018:
The city council recognizes that traffic congestion is a challenging issue and the intersection of Santa Fe and Mineral is a focal point. The City of Littleton 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 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. 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. Working from the data collected, and with input from local stakeholders and citizens, the intent is to develop a potential geometric design solution to better serve the needs of the area both in the near and long term.
The City of Littleton intends to cultivate these partnerships recognizing that Santa Fe Drive is a state highway, affecting more than just Littleton residents. The Littleton City Council has adopted a Work Plan and Strategic Imperatives. One of these imperatives is the commitment to collaborate and build relationships both internally and externally by listening, moving past preconceived notions, participating with local and regional groups both inside and outside of Littleton, seeking different voices and focusing on moving forward.
The city is reaching out to citizens in the area seeking feedback on both the issues and the possible solutions for the intersection. Sign up with Open Littleton at openlittleton.org as future surveys and communication will be posted there. In addition, more information can be found on the city’s website by searching for “Santa Fe and Mineral,” while later this fall the city will be hosting an open house to gain input as well.