Resident not happy with changes on 38th

Hugh Johnson
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At least one resident is not happy with the 38th Avenue Corridor Plan, which transformed the high-traffic thoroughfare to a small town garden venue.

Joan Blanchard wrote a letter to council and had it read into record during its Feb. 11 meeting.

The city has restriped 38th to a three-lane street, and reduced the speed limit to 10 mph in some places, all in an effort to beautify and revive the business culture along that road.

“Congestion of traffic occurs not only at peak hours but at other extended times of the day,” wrote Blanchard.

She added that many drivers cut through surrounding streets like 33rd Avenue, increasing the traffic on those neighborhoods and making it dangerous for pedestrians.

District 1 Councilman Mike Stites said he has mixed feelings about the project. While he supports the economic rejuvenation of Wheat Ridge, he also said the road diet was a mistake.

“We changed it from four lanes to two lanes to slow down traffic so people could see the businesses and now people are afraid to drive on 38th,” Stites said.

He mentioned that one day it took him five minutes to enter traffic.

Blanchard asked council to change 38th back to the way it was.

“Enhancing the street’s beauty and business access would be better served by making it more efficient as a major thoroughfare from Denver to Applewood,” she said in the letter. “Adjacent neighborhoods would appreciate a return to less traffic and safer streets.”

Council gave no indication that they would consider her request.