RBC I The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) blueprint for improving the state’s transportation system over the next 10 to 25 years is now available for public review and comment.
Known as the Statewide Transportation Plan (SWP), it includes the goals and objectives to enhance safety, mobility, maintenance and economic vitality.
It also presents: public and stakeholder input; identifies Colorado’s multi-modal transportation system; transportation needs, revenue and funding gap; overall investment strategies; and top strategic actions to meet the plan’s goals
“The plan is a fully integrated document, not only about improving the highway system but also about combining strategies to enhance transit, rail, aviation, freight, bicycling and pedestrian travel,” said CDOT Executive Director Don Hunt. “It identifies the required strategic steps to achieve our goals and the priority corridors we need to focus on over the next decade.”
Interested parties are encouraged to view and provide comment on the SWP at www.coloradotransportationmatters.com. The site also divides the state regionally, allowing citizens to view interactive maps and transportation plans for their area.
“Public participation was crucial while we were developing the plan and is just as vital now, during the comment period, so it reflects the priorities and needs of our citizens,” Hunt said. “As we implement the plan, we’ll continue to engage the public on our progress so that we can all work together to deliver the transportation system Colorado deserves.”
More than 60,000 citizens, and all 10 rural transportation planning regions and five metropolitan planning organizations participated in crafting the SWP.
“Our transportation system is a key element of a vibrant and globalized state economy, and transportation investments will create and enhance access to jobs, enhance freight movement, support increased trade, and improve economic competitiveness,” said Colorado Transportation Commission Chairman Ed Peterson. “With limited funding available, CDOT has developed a vision for the statewide transportation plan that guides investment for Colorado’s multimodal transportation system.”
Implementation of the SWP is the first step in planning future projects.