Organizers of the Rogers Mesa Highway 92 access plan open house at Hotchkiss High School last Wednesday said they were happy with the substantial turnout for the event. At least 70 people registered at the sign-in table in just the first hour of the two-hour-long event.
There was a lot of active interest as guests moved past a gallery with displays explaining the access plan process. They examined details on big maps laid out on long tables, they talked about the project with neighbors, they filled out comment forms, and they discussed the project with county officials, traffic planners and CDOT personnel. Viewpoints were not being kept secret.
Details of the project are available online through the Delta County website. The public can make comments there and see comments that have been left by others. There is also a survey form that can be filled out.
The deadline for leaving comments on the plan at the online site is April 30.
Attendees at last week's open house also learned the following about the access plan process:
• The access plan process began last year. Full development of the access plan will take approximately one year.
• There will be a second open house at Hotchkiss in August or September (final date not yet available) for public review of the final plan draft.
• Project engineers expect to have a final plan ready for county adoption in November, according to officials from traffic engineering firm Stolfus.
• Individuals to contact about the plan are Delta County administrator Robbie LeValley, 874-2102; Dan Roussin, CDOT regional manager, 683-6284; or Michelle Hansen, Stolfus project manager, 303-221-2330.
• The plan will define current and future access
locations and configurations. Once an access control plan is adopted, all action taken in regard to access whether by government or by private parties must be in conformance with the plan and state highway access code design standards.
• The access plan will be implemented in phases as traffic changes and growth occur through the Rogers Mesa SH 92 corridor.
• A part of the process called the "interim access plan" identifies access improvements that will be incorporated into the proposed CDOT construction work in the corridor for improving traffic flow and safety.
• CDOT has been allocated $400,000 in the coming fiscal year to begin planning and design work on SH 92 in the Rogers Mesa Corridor.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.