County awarded grant for transportation study

Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance award provides $190,000 for critical plan update

Staff report
Posted 10/17/19

A state grant will allow Elbert County to examine its entire transportation system and address the challenges of residential and commercial development, particularly in the energy sector. According …

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County awarded grant for transportation study

Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance award provides $190,000 for critical plan update

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A state grant will allow Elbert County to examine its entire transportation system and address the challenges of residential and commercial development, particularly in the energy sector.

According to a news release, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded Elbert County $190,000 from state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant funds to update its transportation master plan. The existing plan was developed in 2008 and covered western parts of the county to address growth at the time.

Revenues that fund the grant come from oil, gas, carbon dioxide, coal and metals extracted in Colorado. 

The transportation plan will be completed in 2020. It will analyze major travel corridors used by the majority of Elbert County residents who work outside the county; roads affected by existing industrial facilities such as the Xcel wind farm in the east of the county; and areas anticipated to see future business growth, such as wind and oil and gas companies whose plans may bring major road infrastructure impacts, the release said. 

The plan will also coordinate with other area planning documents, such as the county's 2018 Comprehensive Plan, the Town of Elizabeth's new comprehensive plan now under development, and transportation plans for Douglas County and Colorado. 

Chris Richardson, chair of the Elbert County Board of Commissioners, was enthusiastic about the award.

“This is a win for the county's citizens — it's important to bring these funds to Elbert County to help prepare us for what's coming in terms of business growth,” Richardson said in the release. “Our citizens are very concerned about the impacts of growth, and we're listening to their feedback. We look forward to hearing more during the public process.”

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