Plan to Ease Congestion at Santa Fe and Mineral

There may be some relief on the horizon for those who commute through the Santa Fe and Mineral intersection. The City of Littleton has secured a $9 million grant to ease traffic congestion at the intersection. Littleton staff applied for and were awarded a grant for the intersection as part of the Transportation Improvement Program from the Denver Regional Council of Governments. The grant will be distributed over the next four years. Littleton will receive $1 million in 2020, $500,000 in 2021, $1.28 million in 2022, and $6.3 million in 2023. With this grant, the city can now begin the process of implementing a feasible solution that will ease about 60 percent of the congestion. The Public Works Department has been working on identifying the best solutions moving forward and have identified several options with two rising to the top. The first option is the continuous-flow intersection that would divert traffic turning left out of the intersection into a continuous left turn lane. The other solution creates two roads through the land that is known as the Ensor property on the southwest corner and the RTD property north of Santa Fe and Mineral. Both roads help move turning vehicles out of the main intersection to relieve pressure on the mainline roads. The city has identified an ultimate solution that will cost an estimated $90 million. If additional federal funding becomes available in the next four years, another $6 million could be allocated. The project requires a 20% match of $1.8 million dollars in local funds. This project does not include an overhaul of the RTD parking facilities but city staff is working in partnership with other agencies to pursue multimodal improvements enhancing rail, pedestrian, and bicycle options. The city is continuing to study the intersection, gain feedback, and pursue grant opportunities as they become available.