Denver Regional Council of Governments
Liaison - Todd Miller
Below is the meeting summary for the DRCOG Monthly Board Meeting.
There was not a meeting in June.
Attached is a summary of the May 18th meeting.
Significant items were the adoption of the 2011-2012 Strategic Plan and appointments to the Metro Vision Issues Committee (MVIC). Mayor Noon is now a member of MVIC for a two-year term.
A pilot committee has been established - Metro Vision Implementation Task Force - which may look at specifics for implementing a DRCOG objective. The first topic will be the aging populatin in the DRCOG region. More to come on this as it progresses.
1) TIP ‘ Quick Implementation’ Projects - 2008 -2013 TIP
Approved - Impact on Centennial projects - none - continuing
2) Bills -
No change in positions
3) CDOT Review - Tunnel Visioning
Are the twin tunnels the problem - bottleneck
Preferred alternative - 3 lanes (Eastbound) from Idaho Springs to Floyd Hill - widening the eastbound tunnels.
Total Cost : $ 55 Million
4) Updates from RTC, Mayor’s, Counties
Due to the weather ( not enough voting members to pass a ⅔ affirmative vote):
Items regarding positions on legislative bills - Moved to February meeting
Items regarding Metro Vision 2035 plan - tabled to February meeting
TIP Program delays - allow delays for implementation of projects ( projects allowed up to three delays) - passed .
FASTER - special policy amendments - passed
DRCOG Notes - November 2010
Presentation on Western Region High Speed Rail Alliance
Rail solution best for links of 500 miles or less
Just as during the Eisenhower process for creating a federal highway networking, lots of questions - 50 years later,the highway system is the backbone of commerce
some interest in public private partnership
De-designate DRCOG as a 208 agency regarding state wastewater infrastructure planning - Passed
Costs approximately $ 75,000 per year for DRCOG - limited benefit to DRCOG to be involved.
Appoint 2 to the nominating committee
Highway Devolution Study - HB 1405 - Discussion only
Change/turnback to local government - could impact Parker Rd and/or Arapahoe Rd
Cannot become an unfunded mandate
Could return 1201 lane miles in DRCOG region
can abandon or ‘swap’ based on an agreement with the cities -already available option
could cause a problem with feds, fiber, what does state funding include ( how long?)
Review due to the legislature by February 2011
Bridge Enterprise Program
Faster fee collected since 2009 for replacement/repair of bridges - one bridge in Centennial rated as poor - Arapahoe over Cherry Creek - funding not programmed - should be done by 2017 ( looking to issue bonds to accelerate the program)
I-70 is 25% of the cost of the project.
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