Presentation on SH-93 Congestion Reduction
TRANSPORTATION LEGISLATION REVIEW COMMITTEE
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11:43 AM -- Presentation on SH-93 Congestion Reduction
Commissioner Will Toor, Boulder County Commission, Mayor Matthew Applebaum, City of Boulder, and Mayor Jacob Smith, City of Golden, presented to the committee on State Highway 93 (SH-93). A handout was provided to committee members (Attachments F and G). Commissioner Toor and Mayor Applebaum discussed the importance of SH-93 as an economic corridor. SH-93 is pivotal as an entry point to numerous recreational attractions for residents and tourists. Mayor Smith discussed design parameters to correct SH-93 congestion problems. Several key intersections create significant congestion and safety issues.
Mayor Smith discussed several improvements to achieving congestion reduction along the SH-93 corridor. Commissioner Toor discussed financing. The City of Golden and City of Boulder have conducted preliminary design work. Representative Frangas asked Mayor Applebaum to comment on alternatives and costs.
Representative Vaad asked Commissioner Toor if any part of the SH-93 plan is integrated with the Denver Council of Regional Governments (DRCOG) transportation plan. Representative Primavera asked if there is regional support from other mayors for the SH-93 congestion reduction plan. Representative Tyler discussed public opposition to the Northwest Parkway. Mayor Smith discussed potential economic development benefits from SH-93. Commissioner Toor discussed integration with long-range transportation planning.
Senator Gibbs asked Commissioner Toor about his past efforts to improve U.S. Highway 36. Commissioner Toor discussed the importance of a coalition of communities in supporting U.S. Highway 36 improvements. Similar outreach is underway to support SH-93 improvements. Representative Vaad discussed devolving state highways, such as SH-93, to the regional municipalities.