Some details of the conceptual access control plan (ACP) along Highway 92 on Rogers Mesa were sketched out for county commissioners at a Monday, March 6, presentation. As the project moves forward, public participation will be a key element, officials said.
To encourage public participation, CDOT plans to make an interactive website available to the public.
While the website is not yet active, it will be introduced and explained to the public at a community open house scheduled tentatively for April 5 at Hotchkiss High School from 5 to 7 p.m. A complete overview of the Highway 92 access control plan will be presented during the open house by Stolfus and Associates, the project contractor.
Catherine Ventling, a CDOT environmental specialist who is working to develop the public access computer tool, said it will allow the public to post comments online. People will be able to read comments posted by others, and add to their own previous comments.
Other community outreach initiatives officials say they will use to engage public participation in the ACP process include official notices in the newspaper, direct one-on-one meetings with parcel owners, written correspondence, small group meetings in Hotchkiss, direct mail, and the county's website which are to provide information links and a line of direct email communication with officials from Stolfus and Associates, CDOT and the county.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.