The Colorado Department of Transportation will host a telephone town hall next week for the residents of Summit, Eagle, Garfield, Lake and Pitkin counties, providing an opportunity for residents to ask questions and provide input about their regional transportation priorities.
Beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, west-central Coloradans will be called at random through an automated system and invited to take part in the forum. Residents may also dial in to participate by calling (877) 229-8493 and entering the PIN 112034.
Those who choose to join the call will have a chance to express their thoughts and ask questions about transportation. Participants also will be able to use their keypads to answer live polls.
“I’m looking forward to this conversation between CDOT and the residents of the intermountain areas of Colorado,” said Intermountain Regional Planning Commission chairman Thad Noll in a news release. “Reducing congestion, expanding transit services and improving cycling conditions are just a few of the issues that are important in this area of the state.
“Employing a telephone town hall is an excellent way to reach out to citizens and it provides a good way for their voices to be heard as part of the transportation planning process.”
CDOT is holding telephone town halls through early June for residents in all 64 counties. Coloradans are encouraged to join the conversation and express their thoughts on how CDOT should focus its limited funding, discuss the link between transportation and the economy and weigh in on regional priorities.
“I am most pleased by the incremental progress we have been able to make on key corridors in the area,” said Colorado Transportation commissioner Doug Aden in the release. “Highway 9 in Summit County is one such corridor (and) we’ve been making steady progress since 2004 widening the roadway from two to four lanes, which will increase safety and mobility of drivers, transit, pedestrians and bicyclists.”
An update on the Highway 9 project from Coyne Valley to Agape Church near Breckenridge and the realignment project through Iron Springs are anticipated discussion topics during the town hall Thursday. The Iron Springs project recently received funding, Aden said in the release. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016.
“A telephone town hall is an excellent way to reach out to citizens.”
Thad Noll, commissioner