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As your State Representative, I have been working hard to help facilitate a meaningful solution to the safety issue that we know exists at Shaffers Crossing. It hasn't been easy. I just got off the phone with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and here is the latest update:
A few weeks ago, CDOT opened a competitive bidding process for the construction of permanent cable barriers, a depressed concrete median, rumble strips, and traffic control at Shaffers Crossing. The estimated project cost was estimated to be under $500,000. Two construction companies requested copies of the plans, but unfortunately, CDOT did not receive any bids to complete the construction. CDOT speculates this could be due to a variety of reasons including a very busy season for highway construction companies and the fact that the project is relatively small for a highway construction project.
When CDOT did not receive any bids, it re-posted the bid under its emergency contracting procedures. CDOT officials tell me that they expect to receive bids under these emergency contracting procedures, and proposals for completing this work are due by July 8th. CDOT says construction would start soon thereafter, once the bids are received and finalized and the contractor is selected.
I am deeply disappointed about this delay, and today, I'm doubling down on my commitment to help solve this problem for our community. I am continuing to be in close contact with CDOT officials and the Governor's office. They both assure me that they, too, are committed to making Shaffers Crossing safer for our community and will ensure this work is completed.
I will continue to provide updates as they become available. As always, please contact me with any concerns or questions.
Representative for HD 25
Today, I have some good news to report. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) just contacted me to let me know that the Transportation Commission received, and approved, a bid to complete the Shaffers Crossing safety improvement construction project. According to CDOT, the final paperwork will be completed this week, and barring any unanticipated delays, we can expect construction to begin on HWY 285 as soon as next week.
As you can read from all of our previous email updates below, this has been somewhat of a long and difficult process. I sincerely appreciate the hundreds of supportive emails and phone calls I've received from members of our community. Like most issues we deal with down at the State Legislature, this isn't a partisan issue-it is a public safety issue. I'll continue to press forward until the last shovel leaves the ground and the project is complete. I look forward to continuing to serve you and represent your interests down at the Capitol.
Representative for HD 25