SH 92 Roger Mesa Access Control Plan and Conceptual Design
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SH 92 Roger Mesa Access Control Plan and Conceptual Design

About This Project


 

Background

  • Safety improvements on SH 92 through Rogers Mesa identified as one of the top priorities for the Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region (TPR)
  • Delta County and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recognized a lack of controlled access to and from SH 92 through Rogers Mesa that contributed to safety issues through the segment
    • Over 150 access points within approximately 5 miles of highway

 

Challenge

  • Public perception of access consolidation is often negative and requires a high level of engagement and education
  • Access planning and design projects have not historically been combined
  • Lack of circulation in the regional area results in a high level of dependence on SH 92 for mobility and access
  • Complex existing irrigation systems create design challenges for widening the roadway section

 

Solution

  • Stolfus & Associates deliberately tied the access planning process and design process together to provide both an interim and long-term vision for the corridor
  • Managed a public involvement program to engage property owners, businesses, residents, utility and irrigation companies, emergency services and the general public
    • Held 2 Open Houses with over 80 attendees at the first and nearly 60 attendees at the second
    • Conducted 45 one-on-one property owner meetings
    • Presented at 3 public meetings with the Delta County Board of County Commissioners
    • Utilized online public involvement tool and Survey Monkey to gather feedback
  • Developed a long-range access control plan and county road plan to address access and circulation as land-use changes (reduces number of access points from 153 to 75)
  • Developed an interim access plan compatible with current land-uses to be implemented with a CDOT project (reduces number of access points from 153 to 114)

 

Outcome

  • Successful adoption of a long-range Access Control Plan through a signed Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Delta County and CDOT that provides both agencies and property owners with a long-term vision of the corridor
  • A publicly-vetted interim access plan provides CDOT with specific direction on access consolidation with their planned construction project