CDOT takes input on 2030 plan
Colorado’s statewide 2030 Transportation Plan public input process touched down in Glenwood Springs Tuesday, and those who stopped by the open house learned:-Garfield County’s population is projected to hit 96,000 by the year 2030.- The number of jobs in Garfield County will increase from the current 28,500 to 45,800 by 2030.-The heaviest local highway traffic occurs on Interstate 70 at New Castle, followed by the intersection of Highway 82 and Cattle Creek, and the intersection of Highway 82 and 133.Those statistics and other information about the state’s current and projected transportation system were included on 11 storyboards at the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Intermountain Transportation Planning Region open house held at Garfield County Courthouse Plaza.State and local transportation officials and CDOT consultants were on hand to answer questions and listen to what residents have to say about their transportation needs and concerns.”We’re asking communities in the Intermountain Region to assist in developing visions for the transportation corridors throughout the region,” said CDOT spokeswoman Nancy Shanks.The Intermountain Transportation Planning Region covers Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle, Summit and Lake counties.Shanks said CDOT is updating its 20-year plan to extend through 2030. She expects the Colorado Transportation Commission to approve a draft 2030 plan in the spring of 2004, and the final 2030 plan in 2005.”The 2030 plan will be a blueprint for how to utilize federal, state and local revenues,” Shanks said. “It will prioritize transportation projects.”Tuesday’s workshop did not include much mention of future transportation projects. Rather, the information presented was a picture of current conditions and most recent statistics.Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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