Arvada, Jefferson County sue Broomfield over beleaguered Jefferson Parkway project


Arvada and Jefferson County have sued Broomfield, claiming that its 2020 withdrawal from an agreement to develop the Jefferson Parkway — a person of the last unfinished segments of the beltway encircling Denver — has designed completing the $250 million task “impossible.”

“The completion of the Jefferson Parkway is not doable without Broomfield’s effectiveness,” the lawsuit asserts. “Broomfield’s actions throw the long run of the Jefferson Parkway into disarray and depart Arvada and Jefferson County no way to recoup the thousands and thousands of dollars in taxpayer contributions that have been expended on the task to date.”

The match, filed last 7 days in Jefferson County District Court, asks a decide to order Broomfield “to convey to the (Jefferson Parkway Community Freeway Authority) the land and legal rights-of-way within just its jurisdiction needed to total the path of the Parkway.”

The Jefferson Parkway would hook up Broomfield to Point out Highway 93 north of Golden, a 10-mile chunk of road that would almost finish Denver’s beltway, at present comprised of C-470, E-470 and the Northwest Parkway.

Arvada and Jefferson County, which jointly with Broomfield fashioned the highway authority 14 years in the past, are also demanding that Broomfield shell out its share of charges related with venture preparing for both of those 2018 and 2019, as nicely as expenditures for “further soil sampling and tests.”

Broomfield pulled out of the authority in late February 2020, citing an elevated examining of plutonium identified the past calendar year in the proposed path of the tollway as the main reason guiding its final decision to withdraw. The Jefferson Parkway would skirt the east facet of Rocky Flats Countrywide Wildlife Refuge, which was dwelling to a nuclear weapons production plant during the Cold War.

“After that soil sample, I assume it would be irresponsible to move ahead with this alignment,” Broomfield Councilman William Lindstedt reported at the time.

A spokeswoman for Broomfield declined to comment Monday, indicating the metropolis had yet to be served with the criticism. Quite a few makes an attempt to achieve Bill Ray, executive director of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority, have been unsuccessful.

Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, who sits on the authority, claimed he does not see the Jefferson Parkway as a “doomed challenge.”

“If you glance at the congestion on Indiana Avenue, Freeway 93 and the facet streets in our respective communities, I feel there is even now a tremendous will need for this parkway,” Williams reported.

He explained he’s been in call with Broomfield officials in modern times and has large hopes that the situation of land devotion for the parkway can be resolved just before a trial is scheduled.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that we can do that,” the mayor mentioned.


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