Highway access study under review

By Pat Sunderland


City, county and CDOT officials are reviewing a long-range planning document that addresses access points along Highway 50 and Highway 92 in the Delta area.

Michelle Hansen, an engineer with Stolfus & Associates, Inc., presented the information at a council work session Aug. 4. She used slides to illustrate the management techniques that are intended to minimize traffic congestion and improve safety. By limiting locations where vehicles merge, split or cross, the number of crashes can be reduced significantly, she said. The goal is for traffic to flow smoothly, even as capacity increases.

The access study covers Highway 50 from Starr Nelson Road south to the Highway 92 intersection, and Highway 92 from that intersection to Austin. The plan is intended to be phased in as growth occurs and land use changes. "If there is no change, there is no change," she stressed.

The document can also be amended as needed.

Because the plan can potentially impact business and homeowners along Highway 50 and 92, two public hearings are scheduled. The first will take place Sept. 30 at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. After input, revisions will be made and presented to Delta City Council and the county commissioners. The revised plan will be available at a second public meeting Jan. 13. After final revisions, city and county officials will enter into an interagency agreement with Colorado Department of Transportation.

Property owners who could be affected by the plan will be individually notified of the public hearings.