Moffat County gets update on CDOT outreach
The Colorado Department of Transportation is leading a public-outreach effort called “Together We Go” to keep drivers involved in with the state transportation plan.
“It allows everyone to take a look at what we’ve accomplished so far to make sure we’re all moving together in the right direction. It also gives us the opportunity to hear from people on how best to invest our limited funds and the projects they think should be a priority,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said in a statement.
Moffat County Commissioner Chuck Grobe provided an update on the program Tuesday at the weekly commissioner’s meeting and asked the public to reach out to him with any comments.
“They want to get this presentation out to as much of the public as we can to get their input and to share with everybody the issues with transportation right now,” Grobe said.
One the primary focuses for CDOT in this process, is improving safety and continuing maintenance on existing infrastructure. Grobe said he can relate regional information on those topics up the ladder.
“If anybody has this type of information, I’m willing and able to take all comments,” he said.
The Northwest Transportation Planning Region, which covers Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt, Grand and Jackson counties, contains 1,665 lane miles — 7.2 percent of the state’s total.
According to CDOT’s transportation plan, the number of drivers on Colorado roads is predicted to increase greatly while miles of road is expected to stay the same through 2040.
To keep up with maintenance through 2040, CDOT is estimates it needs $46 billion but will only have $21.1 to spend — leaving a $24.9 billion gap.
Grobe said CDOT wants to make the public aware of these potential issues because they need to be addressed and not kept secret.
“At some point, we’ve got to bite the bullet and decide how we’re going to fix this situation,” said Grobe. “It’s not going to get easier.”
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