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Name not shown inside Patrol 5 October 17, 2018, 4:03 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
I feel unsafe based on the amount of traffic and the turning lane when turning left onto Mineral. The turning lane is not long enough to accommodate all of the drivers trying to turn.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
Nearly every time I leave my home and return home. 3-6x/week


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
I avoid as often as possible by going past the light and turning into Aspen Grove to access my neighborhood rather than turning on Mineral. I have not been able to avoid it when needing to go East on Mineral but that's due to the location of my home. If I did not live in such close proximity, I would avoid as often as possible based on traffic alone.


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
As often as it made sense. As previously stated, it is very close to my home.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
Through traffic and too much traffic in general. Left turns when turning West onto Mineral. The turning lane is not long enough and creates a hazard for the line of drivers trying to get over and stay in line to turn. I often go past the light and turn into Aspen Grove to access my neighborhood.


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
No, the busyness of it makes me anxious and keeps me away.


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
I never bike or walk this intersection. I go in the opposite direction heading West on Mineral when exercising or take my car if running an errand.


Please provide additional comments
The overall traffic is very frustrating and adds greatly to commutes. After turning from County Line to Santa Fe, I have been sitting for 10+ minutes before being able to turn onto Mineral.

Tim LeVier inside Patrol 5 October 17, 2018, 2:52 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
I say it is currently safe because there is little confusion about direction of travel and left turns are restricted to arrows.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
Often for shopping, social, and light rail.


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
There is a certain time of day where WB traffic backs up and that is when I will avoid it. I will go east on Mineral to Broadway or potentially I will use Long Ave through South Park to access Jackass Hill & Prince St. If my destination is west of Santa Fe, I’ll wait in the line for 15 minutes on avg.


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
None. It may be perfect as it is for present development. I think improving the intersection will draw more commuting traffic away from Bowles, Countyline, and C470. But if the intersection were updated, I believe reliability would be improved and nearby land could be developed into a final state to add additional density.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
Evening westbound commuters are perhaps the only challenge. Due to few EB/WB corridors in the area, commuters will utilize Mineral to go west. It’s a volume issue that affects Mineral from the east, Santa Fe NB to WB (Left turn) with minimal impact from Santa Fe SB to WB (Right turn).


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
If walking or biking, I utilize the RTD station and bridge to cross. If a Diamond intersection is utilized with Santa Fe being elevated over Mineral, the RTD access my have to be modified to an underground tunnel. Otherwise the existing bridge will be in conflict with Santa Fe. I suppose the bridge could be elevated even higher than Santa Fe....


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
Almost exclusively avoid the intersection by utilizing RTD Station.


Please provide additional comments
I think a classic Diamond Interchange is the proper investment. I think any smaller improvements will have their gains wiped out by future development and drawing in new commuter traffic.

Name not shown outside Littleton Police Districts October 17, 2018, 2:21 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
No. It is always so backed up people run the red light just to get through. Also the drivers waiting to turn on Mineral going north on Santa Fe are constantly getting cut off by people that try and get in the turn lane at the last minute.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
5-6 times per month. Shopping, detour route to get home from C-470.


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
Avoid at all costs. Backed up on Santa Fe to turn on Mineral and Mineral to cross Santa Fe.

C-470


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
I would use it a lot more often if I knew I didn't have to wait 20-25 minutes to get through the light.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
Signal timing needs to be longer. More turn lanes on Santa Fe.


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
No


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
N/A

Name not shown outside Littleton Police Districts October 15, 2018, 3:06 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
No. As a pedestrian, there are WAY too many cars. As a driver, at the bottom of the hill, and speed limits at 50 or 55, the stop and lines of cars come up quick.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
2-5 times a month, for commute, work and social.


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
Whenever I can, which is not as often as I'd like. If I'm coming from downtown, I try to use Prince/Jackass Hill. Otherwise, there isn't much way around it.


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
Maybe 3-6.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
Too much traffic combined with signal timing through the entire corridor.


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
No. I can't imagine someone crazy enough to actually go through that intersection without a car.


Please provide additional comments
I'm not sure what the realistic solution to this issue is. Anything you could change would be expensive and would need to be reflected in the corridor on the whole. Just for the love of all that's holy, please do NOT put in a round-about.

Name not shown inside Patrol 5 September 25, 2018, 8:39 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
In my car - yes. Good visibility, lights are timed well.
On my bike - no. I pass through the light rail station.



How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
Relatively infrequent - not part of my commute. When I pass through, it's rarely during peak traffic hours.


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
I know what times of day Mineral will be backed up and I avoid during those times (get to Santa Fe via County Line Road, or use Broadway).


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
Somewhat - my current work commute doesn't take me in that direction, so it's not a common issue now. Were I working north or west of home (other than downtown - I'd take the train), it could be a significant issue.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
Too much traffic flow on Santa Fe and Mineral during peak hours; traffic backs up on WB Mineral most of the way up Jackass Hill. Need a freeway-style interchange here (if feasible).


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
No - I avoid it by going through the light rail station


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
Yes - up and over Santa Fe through the light rail station

Carl Paulson inside Patrol 2 September 20, 2018, 5:44 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
The intersection has not been a problem for me, so far. I drive defensively, and I don’t travel through it as a pedestrian or as a bicyclist. Also, I don’t typically travel at rush hour.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
Daily, for shopping and social but not commuting or light rail.


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
I live near St Mary’s Catholic Church. If traveling east, I will equally go to the intersection or go to Broadway and then C-470. If traveling north, I will go to Prince and Santa Fe. If West or South I will use the intersection. In no case do I intentionally avoid the intersection.


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
No increase.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
It seems this information requires data, rather than opinion, to be useful in determining what changes, if any, are needed. I would like to know how the hourly flow of traffic has changed as a result of the construction on C-470. I suspect the hourly increase has increased by a significantly greater percentage during rush hour periods than it has over non-rush hour periods. Is that information available?


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
If I bike I use the pedestrian bridge over the intersection. I would advise everyone to do likewise.


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
See above answer.


Please provide additional comments
It would be useful to have historical hourly traffic flow data to help provide more informed comments. Specifically, it would be helpful to know the percentage increase in traffic for both rush hour and non-rush hour traffic due to C-470 construction. However, in the absence of that data:
Firstly, is Santa Fe intended to be another interstate highway? I don’t think it will ever be one unless many intersections are drastically changed. In just the Littleton area that would include County Line, Mineral, Vinewood, Church, Bowles, Crestline, and Prince. And if the view is expanded north and south the list grows.

So, if Santa Fe will never be an interstate highway, it seems the next question is whether it is desirable for Mineral to become an even greater east-west corridor. The other grade separated east-west roads between C-470 and I-25 are Belleview, 285, Dartmouth and Evans. As I view those roads I observe that the spacing of these other roads might support grade separation at Mineral. However, Mineral is closer to C-470 than Evans is to I-25 (as measured north-south). For me, that is important because it seems desirable to encourage commuting traffic towards major highways. And from that standpoint I would not want for Mineral to compete with C-470 for east-west commuting traffic. I suspect that is occurring now as construction continues on C-470.

Rather than encouraging more east-west traffic, it would seem very desirable to use public funds to encourage commuters to use public transit. This can be helped along by the extension of the light rail into Highlands Ranch. I understand that extension may be 20 years off. In the meantime, perhaps it would be helpful to provide bus service from the future station to Mineral. In my opinion, if the distance travelled from home to public transit exceeds some I’ll-defined distance commuters will opt to skip public transit altogether. By providing this service, a good gauge on the future use of the extension can be made. And, perhaps, some of the rush hour traffic can be reduced.

Finally, it seems that in looking at a map of the area, the majority of the north-south traffic must be pass-through traffic. If that is the case, and if Santa Fe is not to be an interstate highway, then the impact on nearby residents should be considered an even higher priority than otherwise. For me, that means avoiding grade separation and the coincident increase in noise and visual pollution.

Name not shown outside Littleton Police Districts September 17, 2018, 11:32 AM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
This intersection is a nightmare during rush hour traffic. Lights are not time consistently timed to get from one intersection in either direction without abnormal stopping (i.e., light turns green and you cannot proceed due to traffic congestion) traveling on Mineral Avenue.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
Mon-Friday - 90% for access to light rail; 10% commute to Broadway and I-12). Weekends - shopping, social


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
Wadsworth, Pierce, or Platte to Bowles; sometimes use Aspen Grove to access Santa Fe


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
Obviously, I would use more often.


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
Signal timing (lights on Mineral from Platte, Santa Fe and Jackass Hill need to be timed better during rush hour traffic in the morning.
A normal 6 minute ride from my house takes 40 minutes or more sometimes.


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
N/A


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
N/A


Please provide additional comments
It seems we spend more time on evaluations/studies - it doesn't take that long to figure out that traffic on Mineral takes much longer to get through the Santa Fe intersection. Traffic on Santa Fe travels much quicker than the flow of traffic on Mineral. Making three thru lanes on Mineral from Platte would possibly help. Extending the turn lanes on Mineral at Aspen Grove would be a plus for LightRail traffic (sometimes I'm 30-50 feet from the intersection and wait for 2-3 lights before being able to make a left hand turn onto Aspen Grove

Gregory Battin outside Littleton Police Districts September 16, 2018, 9:39 AM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
Running of the red lights especialy after a turn signal has been dangerous for me more than a few times.


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
About 12 times a week. Work trips, lunch break.


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
I avoid this intersection by cutting through jackass Hill road if I am need to get to downtown Littleton.


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
Much more often


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
All of the options listed


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
No


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
N/A


Please provide additional comments
This intersection should been built as an overpass like the originally design. Anywhere along Santa Fe where the road dips down to the major intersections should have been built as overpasses

Name not shown outside Littleton Police Districts September 15, 2018, 8:34 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
Not at all. Even when the photo red light cameras were there everyone would run red lights


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
At least 5 times a week just to visit friends


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
I avoid this intersection every weekday from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.


How much more often would you use this intersection if traffic operations were improved?
All the time


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
To much traffic


Do you bike or walk through this intersection? If yes, what would make the experience easier and safer?
No


How often do you avoid this intersection when biking or walking? What alternate routes do you use?
Na


Please provide additional comments
The city is 20 years to late to do anything. You think the traffic is bad now, just wait until any kind of construction starts

Betsy Fordham inside Patrol 5 September 14, 2018, 6:35 PM

Do you consider this a safe intersection? Why or why not?
I do not. There are way to many cars going in different directions and speeds


How often do you travel through this intersection? For what purposes (commute, shopping, social, access to the light rail etc.)?
Every single day. I live in Southpark


How often do you avoid this intersection? What alternate routes do you use?
I will use jackass to prince all of the


In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges for the traffic at the intersection (left turns, through traffic, signal timing, too much traffic etc.)?
All of the above


Please provide additional comments
I am angry that people cut through my neighborhood to avoid traffic on mineral. They fly down Long in South Park without regards to pedestrians. I have been passed on both sides by cars I am angry that it is very difficult to get out of my neighborhood in either direction at heavy traffic times. It is not safe