Wadsworth Boulevard Planning and Environmental Linkage Study
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) awarded matching funds to the City of Wheat Ridge to produce a Planning and Environmental Linkage (PEL) Study for Wadsworth Boulevard. This study investigates improvement opportunities to Wadsworth Boulevard from W. 35th Avenue to the southern edge of the I-70 interchange. This busy roadway provides access to Interstate 70, connects the City to the Arvada and Lakewood, and provides transit service connecting to major east-west routes including the West Corridor light rail line.
What is a PEL?
PEL is a study process that is typically used to identify transportation issues and environmental concerns. It can be applied to make planning decisions and for planning analysis. These decisions and analyses, for example, can be used to identify and prioritize future projects, develop the purpose and need for a project, determine project size or length, and/or develop and refine a range of alternatives. PEL studies should be able to link planning to environmental issues and result in useful information that can be carried forward into the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The adoption and use of a PEL study in the NEPA process is subject to a determination by Federal Highway Administration (FHWA.)
Mark Westberg, Projects Supervisor, was the presenter at the Public Meeting on April 23, 2014. The public was invited to learn more about the project and provide input during the early phase of the project.
This was the first public meeting held regarding the Wadsworth PEL.