Colorado public transportation meetings scheduled for next week

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/5/2013

The public will be given an opportunity to give some Colorado state lawmakers their two cents on transportation-related issues.

Starting next week, the Transportation Legislation Review Committee will head to western Colorado to hear from the public on the state’s roads, bridges, transit and regulatory programs.

The 18-member committee made up of state lawmakers oversees the Colorado Department of Transportation. They will hold four meetings over three days next week in the region.

The panel already held meetings this summer in northern and southern Colorado. Once the committee road show wraps up, hearings will resume at the Capitol and bill drafting for the 2014 will begin.

Senate Transportation Chairman Rollie Heath, D-Boulder, says the state cannot afford to underfund transportation infrastructure any longer.

“We have too many bridges that are rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, too many miles of highway lanes in severe states of disrepair, a backlog of roadway projects that would help relieve congestion when completed, and a need for increased mass transit and bike/pedestrian path capacity,” Heath wrote on his website. “We still need to craft longer-term solutions to our transportation challenges in the very near future.”

The meeting schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Square on the Square, 116 North 3rd Street in Kremmling;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Centennial Hall, Citizens Meeting Room, 124 10th Street in Steamboat Springs;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Colorado Mesa University, University Center South Ballroom in Grand Junction;
  • Thursday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Garfield County Administration Building, Hearing Room 100, 108 8th Street in Glenwood Springs.
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