Originally posted at: Road Construction at Santa Fe Drive and C470 Intersection: Worth It
If you have driven on Santa Fe Drive through Highlands Ranch or Littleton in the last several weeks through the C470 intersection (also known as 85), you already know what I am talking about.
But I am going to say, it is not the worst nightmare and it may make one of my worst nightmares go away.
Since I live on the west side of Highlands Ranch I drive through that intersection often and as many who do can attest to â€“ accidents are often and sometimes, unfortunately just horrendous.
The CDOT construction at this intersection will hopefully not only alleviate traffic issues but make it safer than it is today.
I was in one of those accidents several years ago. There was a mini-van full of us and we were hit by a driver that didnâ€™t understand that the left turn lane had to go over the bridge before turning, therefore he took a left on his green light into the exit ramp while we were driving straight, north on Santa Fe. Thankfully, we all had our belts on and our driver was fantastic in handling the impact, missing a light pole that could have changed this story. It could have been so much worse and there were many children home with a babysitter that night (10 among all of us) that we were all able to go home to.
I can tell my wife still holds her breath as we drive through that intersection. Every time since that night, when I see an accident there, I get a little angry that it is so dangerous.
Additionally bikers and walkers on the C470/Centennial trail have to cross Santa Fe Dr on the bridge â€“ this project will eliminate that and make it safer for them as well.
So while the construction may be a temporary inconvenience, I have hope that these fly-overs will help alleviate the confusion associated with the intersection and make it safer for all of us that live in Highlands Ranch, Castle Rock or Littleton and travel it so often, especially those that use it to commute into Denver daily.
Here is a local news story with some additional details.
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