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Post Posted: Oct 14, 2016 9:45 am 
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that would simply suck to have a light! i can see the backup during summer all the way down to C470 uggghhh


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cdot was out there surveying today so it looks like some progress is being made!


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Steve Harrelson from the Colorado Department of Transportation will discuss options for Highway 285 and Kings Valley Drive at the Conifer Area Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at West Jeff Middle School. Come and learn about the proposals and express your views!!


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Steve Harrelson from the Colorado Department of Transportation will discuss options for Highway 285 and Kings Valley Drive at the Conifer Area Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at West Jeff Middle School. Come and learn about the proposals and express your views!!

These meetings are a good chance to talk one on one but there is no public question/answer sessions during these meetings.


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salty wrote:
Steve Harrelson from the Colorado Department of Transportation will discuss options for Highway 285 and Kings Valley Drive at the Conifer Area Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at West Jeff Middle School. Come and learn about the proposals and express your views!!



Salty - Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this meeting as I will be out of state. Will the alternatives be available via a website, or is there some other way to view the proposals? Thanks for all your work.

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If we are able to get something in writing, I will post it on Pinecam. If not I can try and summarize the meeting. Thanks for your interest.


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It appears that JeffCo may have previously had a plan for a grade separated intersection. "The Major Thoroughfare Plan is undergoing an update in 2017. Click here to find out how you can become involved in the process." There is an image available at: http://jeffco.us/transportation-and-eng ... fare-plan/


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Steve Harrelson from the Colorado Department of Transportation will discuss options for Highway 285 and Kings Valley Drive at the Conifer Area Council meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at West Jeff Middle School. Come and learn about the proposals and express your views!!



Salty - Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend this meeting as I will be out of state. Will the alternatives be available via a website, or is there some other way to view the proposals? Thanks for all your work.
Taranis, I have videotaped almost every Conifer Town Hall Meeting since 2012 so anyone who can't attend can watch them for themselves at their leisure. You'll find them all posted here: https://mymountaintown.com/forum/194-ar ... ing-videos and you can subscribe to that topic to be emailed an alert when there is a new post, or you can subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get an alert when we post any new video: https://www.youtube.com/user/285Bound.

The Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce and Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce recognized Hwy 285 as an issue that affects not only residents but our local economy as well and formed a Hwy 285 Improvement Committee over a year and a half ago and began meeting with our representatives (to date: Commissioner Rosier, Rep Tim Leonard, and representatives from Senator Bennett's office, Senator Gardner's office, and Representative Neville's office have attended our quarterly meetings) in order to explore how we can get CDOT to move Hwy 285 up as a priority on their work schedule. We'd been told that traffic is expected to grow by 18-20% over the next several years but CDOT isn't planning on doing any work for the next 20 years because they have no money in their budget for our highway, despite the fact that they've been telling mountain commuters to use 285 instead of I-70 when there's construction or congestion. We're the only other major artery into the mountains from Denver and that was unacceptable to us so we've been exploring options. It's going to be a slow process, but we were very glad that the Kings Valley group got together and got that petition out there (and we had a great meeting with them during that effort so we can see how we can combine our efforts), it helped spur CDOT to finally decide to attend our meetings (we hope, they've said they're interested, it remains to be seen if they show up) and do some new studies at that intersection.

If any of you have ideas of what needs to be done on the highway, be it widening, signage, straightening curves, barriers, chain up stations, etc, we'd love to hear them. One of the things we need to do is put together a list of projects we'd like done and in order of priority - from Morrison through Bailey.

Somewhat related to that is the Jeffco Major Thoroughfare 2017 Plan Update for which Jeffco is currently seeking public input.
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The Jefferson County Major Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) identifies all existing and future roads and streets that are classified as collector or higher within Jefferson County.
- The classification of a roadway dictates the standard template used, and design criteria, such as number of lanes, speed, and access, used for the construction of roadway improvements.
- The MTP does not include local streets or roads.
- The MTP is used to guide the County’s Capital Improvement Program and regulates development requirements to build public transportation infrastructure.

Staff is seeking public input through the end of 2016 for potential additions to scope of the MTP update beyond those listed below.
http://jeffco.us/transportation-and-engineering/transportation-plans/major-thoroughfare-plan/#opportunities

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I think it is completely insane that one of the state's major thoroughfares has "no budget" for the next 20 years. It should have been 4-laned to Bailey 20 years ago.


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It is crazy sunsetinthepines, that there is no budget. Let's see, who is our current governor who didn't budget for this? At least Dick Lamm had the right idea - limit growth to avoid the problems other governors have since help create.

Maybe using the marijuana sales tax would be possible since it seems to be more than enough to construct the obviously needed overpass at Kings Valley :)


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I don't think it is at all shocking that planning for infrastructure required to support growth comes well after planning for that growth. It seems to be all too common in recent human history.

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This is from a new article in the Denver Business Journal

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday proposed cutting transportation funding in the state’s general-fund budget by 41 percent over the next two years, even as his staff expressed concern about increasing congestion and more fatal accidents on the state’s roads.


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