KMOHR will advocate for stakeholder involvement as CDOT, Garfield and Eagle County participate in a feasibility study for improving Cottonwood Pass. We will work to facilitate public understanding of the project and to promote public participation.
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KMOHR discusses CW Pass with Gov. Polis on August 21 in Carbondale.
Our president and one of our Board Members got some face time with the Governor on Sunday. Discussion points included:
Polis: The Canyon will get closed from time to time. KMOHR: Everything needs to be done to keep it open.
KMOHR: Is the use of "shed type tunnels" on GW Canyon being considered? Polis: they are expensive. KMOHR: It will expensive to "fix" Cottonwood it doesn't have services (such as cell phone connectivity).
KMOHR: We represent residents in MO Heights. Polis: Are you attending public meetings? KMOHR: We are and we continue to urge residents to be involved.
This is just one example of why it is important to donate to KMOHR!
Why should you stay informed and get involved?
"With the information provided by this project, Eagle and Garfield counties will determine next steps for implementing improvements. Concept design is expected to be complete by early 2023. The counties will complete design and evaluate pursuing construction of improvements as funding becomes available in the future."
Although safety improvement is the stated goal of this feasibility study.....
There may be significant changes if improvements are made and if the residents don't articulate concerns now....then CDOT and Eagle and Garfield Counties will be free to make improvements as they see fit. - As an example, there was no public input or explanation in the selection of Catherine Store Rd. as the "preferred route" connecting the pass to Hwy 82.
Now is the time ask questions and where does this lead into the future?
Do you know that there are over 20 road map apps and just because the County designates a preferred route, the apps will be used by motorists to find their own way from the pass?
These are important reasons why both stakeholder involvement in the CDOT Feasibility Study and donations to KMOHR are very important.