Telephone Town Hall Offering Citizens Forum to Talk Transportation in Northwest Colorado

May 6, 2014 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting a telephone town hall next week for the residents of Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties, providing an opportunity for them to ask questions and provide input about their regional transportation priorities.

On Tuesday, May 13, at 7 p.m., citizens living in northwestern Colorado will be called at random through an automated system and invited to take part in the telephone forum.  Anyone who wants to participate but did not receive a call can dial in, toll-free, at 1-877-229-8493, PIN 112034. Those who choose to join the call will have the chance to express their thoughts and ask questions about transportation.  Participants also will be able to use their keypad to answer live polls.

“This is a great opportunity for dialog between CDOT and the citizens who live in this part of the state,” said Routt County Commissioner Steve Ivancie.  “Improving safety and expanding transit service are just two of a number of issues of importance to the residents of this area.  A telephone town hall is a good way for them to have their voices heard and included in the transportation planning process.”

CDOT is hosting the telephone town halls for residents in all 64 counties through early June.  Coloradans are being 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 have been pleased with the progress on many of our highways,” saidColorado Transportation Commissioner Kathy Connell.  “I-70 is a lifeline for our communities in the Northwest Transportation Planning Region.  The improvements at the Twin Tunnels as well as other planned improvements will not only help the economic health of our communities but provide better access to services for our residents.  The Highway 9 project in Grand County will address critical safety concerns relative to the roadway geometry and alignment, and implement wildlife crash mitigation features, such as fencing, underpasses and overpasses, allowing safe wildlife migration.”