- Kerrie Neet, Region 5 Transportation DirectorColorado Department of Transportation
- Richard Reynoldsretired CDOT Regional Transportation Director
Oppose the US Highway 550/ Bridge to Nowhere connection
Now is the time to sign the petition calling for the public officials responsible for constructing this edifice of an eyesore to be held accountable.
When public officials refused to admit responsibility and contrition for the squandering of millions on a project that was justified with over-inflated engineering data, they are corrupt. When public officials plan on decimating the rural character of our community when other more reasonable options exist, they are corrupt.
Corruption must be met with resistance and justice. We can resist by advocating for what's right.
The Bridge to Nowhere has become the centerpiece of a regional dumb-growth strategy. Its justification was based on over-inflated demographic and traffic growth projections that were calculated with convoluted, arbitrary, illogical and inexplicable mathematical formulas.
The Bridge to Nowhere was constructed preemptively without a necessary easement in place before hand. After building was started without the easement needed to access the Bridge to Nowhere, the CDOT Justified the bridge as having "independent utility" outside of its original intention of connecting U.S. Highway 550 to U.S. Highway 160. Currently, it is only used by those on the south side of U.S. 160 who have you been forced to after CDOT put a guardrail barrier in the middle of U.S. 160 to prevent west-bound traffic from turning off of the highway. This project has shown us how the sled was put before the dogs, and planning was skipped altogether while CDOT mushed away with our tax dollars!
How does CDOT continues to pretend It was a success while refusing to admit to their obvious mistakes in scheduling this project? Their straight-faced public-relations cheerleading is a joke, right?
Please rethink the long-term environmental consequences of these lapses in planning and what the excavation of more than 30 million tons of dirt, rock and vegetation from the end of Florida Mesa would look like on this rural landscape. Even more, please give the changes of the existing alignment of Farmington Hill a chance for the future of connecting U.S. 550 to U.S. 160.
- Colorado Department of Transportation
Kerrie Neet, Region 5 Transportation Director
- retired CDOT Regional Transportation Director
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Colorado Department of Transportation.
This petition requests that officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation preserve the rural character of the US Highway 160 corridor through the Grandview/Three Springs area in Southwest Colorado.
More specifically, we are opposed to the CDOT’s preemptive construction of the $6 million dollar Grandview Interchange overpass (Bridge to Nowhere) without first obtaining the necessary right of way access across the Webb Ranch property.
We are opposed to CDOT having wasted $47 million taxpayer dollars on the construction of the Grandview Interchange and its associated overpasses (Bridge to Nowhere), clover leafs, round about, on-ramps, off-ramps and frontage road before securing the alignment of it to US Highway 550.
We’re against CDOT’s preferred reroute of US Highway 550 to the Bridge to Nowhere on US 160 and its associated environmental devastation. We object to the dramatic topographic alteration that the road construction would have on the landscape and the scarring it would create through the excavation of over 30 million tons of dirt from the top half of Florida Mesa.
We are opposed to another bridge that CDOT will build paralleling the current Bridge to Nowhere if they approve their connection of US Highway 550 at the Bridge to Nowhere.
We are opposed to CDOT’s Grandview Interchange and the way that it was justified based on biased and flawed traffic growth projections for US Highway 160 in Grandview. Their biased traffic growth projections were calculated with arbitrary, convoluted, illogical and inexplicable mathematical formulas.
We are opposed to CDOT’s Region 5 Program Engineer Keith Powers justifying the Grandview Interchange (Sept. 2008) to the Federal Highway Administration’s Joe Duran for having “independent functionality” after construction on it had already begun (July 2008). This justification was given after it was discovered that a right of way access across the Webb Ranch would not be easy or likely due to legal resistance from Chris Webb.
The Grandview Interchange has minimal “independent utility” as CDOT’s Keith Powers claimed after construction of the Interchange had already begun. Any survey of traffic at the Interchange will show only sparse traffic occurring there, mainly as a result of CDOT forcing neighbors to after placing a guardrail in the middle of US 160 near their homes.
We are opposed to CDOT and the Southwest Regional Planning Commission’s proposed overpass at US 160 and Three Springs Boulevard as mentioned in the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
We are opposed to CDOT and the Southwest Regional Planning Commission’s proposed overpass at US 160 and CR 234/State Highway 172 as mentioned in the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan.
Solution: Adopt philosophy that traffic growth volumes stated in the US 160 EIS of 4.4% per year are inaccurate and over-inflated estimations base upon faulty projected countywide growth rates and more specifically, faulty projected growth rates in Grandview’s population and employment. We must preserve the rural character of the US 160 corridor to reflect real-world estimations of Grandview’s growth rate.
Furthermore, alternatives that would use the existing alignment for connecting US 550 to US 160 have been proposed and should be given more consideration.
We demand that former Regional Transportation Director Richard Reynolds, current Regional Transportation Director Kerrie Neet, Program Engineer Keith Powers and Federal Highway Administration Operations Engineer Joe Duran be held accountable for this fleecing of taxpayers. We can resist by advocating for what's right. We are not sure how justice should be served.
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