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Join HPTE’s telephone town hall meeting tonight: Finding a Partner for Major Transportation Projects

October 16, 2014 - Metro Denver Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Participants can learn about potential funding strategies on I-70 East

DENVER - The High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) – a division of the Colorado Department of Transportation—will host a live telephone town hall meeting, a public forum that uses innovative telephone technology, tonight, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Representatives from the High Performance Transportation Enterprise, CDOT and the City and County of Denver will be on the call. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about:

  • How public-private partnerships (P3) work on major transportation projects

  • Innovations in transportation choice, funding and the qualities that HPTE will look for in exploring partnerships

  • Update on the potential for a P3 approach on I-70 East

Residents near I-70 (between I-25 and Tower Road) may receive a telephone call through an automated system. Telephone numbers are selected at random. They will be invited to listen in on this important public telephone forum, ask questions and participate in an electronic poll.

If residents are not called but would still like to participate, they can call toll free 1-877-229-8493, PIN number 113264.

In July 2014, CDOT ​directed the H​PTE​ to begin the process to explore various finance and delivery options for I-70 East improvements. A public private partnership (P3) is one of the options, which asks a private partner to also assume operations and maintenance of a project once they have designed and constructed it. The next step in the process is ​to determine what kind of partner we want for this project.

The HPTE wants your input ​to ​help to ​prepare a "Request for Qualifications" document, which describes the I​-​70 East project, and asks teams to submit their​ qualifications to be considered for this project. In addition to tonight’s telephone town hall, there are several ways to learn more about HPTE and provide your input on finding a partner for the I-70 East project:

  • Attend a HPTE Town Hall: HPTE will host a town hall focusing on finding a partner for the I-70 East project Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Swansea Recreation Center, 2650 E. 49th Ave., Denver.

  • Visit Online: Learn more about public private partnerships, the HPTE and provide feedback to polling questions related to finding a partner for the I-70 East project by visiting: http://cdotexpresslanes.info.

NOTE: The HPTE Telephone Town Hall is not an opportunity for the public to comment on CDOT’s I-70 East Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS). The I-70 SDEIS evaluates transportation alternatives to improve safety, access and mobility while addressing congestion in one of the state’s most heavily traveled corridors, I-70 from I-25 to Tower Road. The SDEIS was released for public review Aug. 29 and is open for comment until Oct. 31, 2014. There are many different ways to comment on the SDEIS, including via phone, email or by visiting the project office. Visit www.I-70east.com to find out more.

 

About the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE):

The HPTE operates as a government-owned, independent business within CDOT. HPTE searches out innovative ways to finance projects to help Colorado fulfill its commitment to increase travel choices through options that include Express Lanes, transit, biking, walking and carpooling.

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