March 20, 2019

Rocky Flats Toll Highway Environmental Assessment and Public Meeting

Looking west at the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge, the route of the proposed toll highway, and the proposed "Candelas" development area.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they are planning to publish their Environmental Assessment on the proposed sale of the Rocky Flats right-of-way by the end of this week. The Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority proposed purchasing the right-of-way for use in their proposed Jefferson Parkway toll highway along the east side of the National Wildlife Refuge. Golden’s submission of an alternate proposal to purchase the property for use as a “Jefferson Bikeway” forced the federal agency to conduct this Environmental Assessment process comparing their alternatives.

You should be able to download the Environmental Assessment after it’s published (probably tomorrow).

The Fish and Wildlife Service seems to be planning to support the toll highway option, but there may still be an opportunity to impact that decision. If you live in Golden or have opinions about whether this portion of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge should be turned into a toll highway or a bikeway, I strongly encourage you to attend the public meeting on October 13. You’ll also have until October 30 to submit written comments.

The details:

  • Thursday, October 13
  • 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Westminster City Park Recreation Center
  • 10455 Sheridan Blvd. in Westminster

Our understanding is that they will start with an open house format, make a formal presentation at 6pm, and then open up a formal public hearing.