The Colorado Department of Transportation recently announced a virtual public Zoom meeting set for July 9 at 6 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to provide information and to seek public input regarding a planned safety improvement project by CDOT that will focus on U.S. Highway 285 in and around Bailey.

The announcement is re-printed below in its entirety:

Learn about the U.S. 285 Safety Improement Project - You are invited - Virtual Public Meeting - Thursday, July 9, 2020. 6-7 p.m.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has identified safety improvements near Bailey. The U.S. Highway 285 Safety Improvements Project is intended to make the route safer for the traveling public, reduce risk for local residents, improve traffic flow through the area and reduce crashes.

The project will focus on:

1) Northbound U.S. Highway 285 through the town of Bailey

2) Northbound/southbound U.S. Highway 285 between the interchange at County Road 72 and Rosalie Road (approximately one mile)

3) Safer and more efficient routes as a result of the removal of the traffic signal at U.S. Highway 285 and County Road 43A.

Please join us in participating in a citizen-involved process to discuss how the safety issues are being addressed. Your input is important.

For the safety of our community during this COVID-19 pandemic, CDOT is hosting this July 9 virtual public meeting through Zoom. You may participate by computer or smart phone.

Please register in advance by emailing: us285safetyimprovements@gmail.com or call 719-948-2815.

For more information about this project, visit www.cdot.gov/projects/us285-improvements.

A town hall-style meeting was held Oct. 9, 2019 at the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District Sub Station 2 in Bailey with regards to the removal  of the existing traffic light at the intersection of U.S. Highway 285 and County Road 43A.

Early on in that meeting it became obvious that the vast majority of the audience was strongly  opposed to the removal of the traffic light in question, so Park County Commissioner and meeting moderator Richard Elsner assured the crowd in that the removal of the light would not occur any time soon.

“We are going to push for merge lanes at that location before the light is removed,” Elsner said. “I think we got the message, and this [traffic light removal] will have to wait.”

Many of those same citizens will likely express their opposition to the removal of the light again July 9, and questions will likely be asked regarding the addition of merge lanes prior to the light’s removal.

Also at the Oct. 9 meeting, Eric M. Richardson, a local government liaison for CDOT, fielded a variety of questions. When asked what he would do with information gathered at the meeting, Richardson assured the crowd that their wishes would be noted and delivered to decision-making entities within CDOT.

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