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 November 5, 1999

Northwest Parkway Chronology

1950s – Beltways first constructed nationwide.

1958 – First discussion by intergovernmental council of a beltway to encircle metro Denver.

Early 1970 – The Colo. Dept. of Highways plans the southwest section of the beltway, later to be named C-470.

Mid-’70s – Gov. Richard Lamm vows to “drive a silver stake through the heart” of proposed Interstate 470 to stop sprawl.

1981 – Arapahoe and Douglas counties, Greenwood Village and private developers begin a study recommending the extension of C-470 east and north to I-70.

Feb. 1985 – With no funding from state or federal sources, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties form the E-470 authority. No state statute existed to grant the authority the power and revenue sources needed to construct the highway.

Aug. 1987 – After the authority’s lobbying efforts the Public Highway Authority Act was passed; E-470’s financing plan could be developed, giving the authority the power to plan, design, finance, construct and operate E-470.

Nov. 1987 – 4 to 1, voters in the west metro area defeat a referendum to fund W-470, to be constructed from Golden to I-25, with automobile ownership fees.

Jan. 1990 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) writes to the Federal Highway Administration to “continue to express its objection to the policy being followed, which seeks to evaluate potential impacts associated with individual beltway components rather than on a project-wide basis.”

1991 – Boulder County, Louisville and Lafayette entered into temporary agreement regarding possible routes and land use designations for the Northwest Parkway.

June 1991 – The first segment of E-470 opens between I-25 and Parker Road.

1996 – Boulder passes resolution expressing “grave reservations about the wisdom” of the parkway.

Jan. 1998 – Broomfield withdraws its request from DRCOG for a funding feasibility study of the parkway route. This will allow Broomfield to move forward on the Broomfield segment.

Feb. 1998 – Interlocken gives $1.1 million to Broomfield toward a feasibility study for the parkway; Companies such as Level 3, Sun Microsystems, Storage Technology and Hunter Douglas support the parkway.

Aug. 1998 – The Northwest Parkway Non-Profit Corp. appoints Steve Hogan, executive director of the E-470 Public Highway Authority, as executive director.

Jan. 1999 – Boulder County Commissioners give preliminary approval to the parkway pact, which would stipulate land use designations in the corridor for 30 years. Broomfield, Louisville, Lafayette and Boulder County later enter into the IGA.

Jan. 1999 – Golden officials say the city will file a lawsuit to hold up the parkway for years if cities along the proposed corridor will not help pay for tunneling the beltway route through Golden.

Feb. 1999 – Boulder County, Louisville, Lafayette and Broomfield agree on the route of the parkway between U.S. 36 at 96th Street and I-25 and land-use designations in the Boulder County portion of the parkway.

March 1999 – Officials and special interest groups meet in Golden to launch $400,000 nine-month study of the expected impacts of a parkway on Jefferson County.

May 1999 – Boulder County and Louisville conditionally OK a record $14 million purchase to preserve 325 acres within the parkway corridor.

July 1999 – The Northwest Parkway Public Highway Authority, made up of Broomfield, Lafayette and Weld County, is born.

July 1999 – Residents of Paradise Lane in unincorporated Boulder County file a lawsuit challenging the Northwest Parkway open space intergovernmental agreement signed earlier by Boulder County, Louisville, Broomfield and Lafayette.

Sept. 1999 – Boulder Mayor Will Toor, on behalf of the city of Boulder, writes the EPA to “request formally that EPA … continue to voice its objections to the lack of environmental analysis for the proposed beltway through north Metro Denver.”

Sept./Oct. 2000 – Bonds expected to be sold. Northwest Parkway groundbreaking expected.

July 2003 – Northwest Parkway expected to be completed, best-case scenario.

1950s – Beltways first constructed nationwide.

1958 – First discussion by intergovernmental council of a beltway to encircle metro Denver.

Early 1970 – The Colo. Dept. of Highways plans the southwest section of the beltway, later to be named C-470.

Mid-’70s – Gov. Richard Lamm vows to “drive a silver stake through the heart” of proposed Interstate 470 to stop sprawl.

1981 – Arapahoe and Douglas counties, Greenwood Village and private developers begin a study recommending the extension of C-470 east and north to I-70.

Feb. 1985 – With no funding from state or federal sources, Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties form the…

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