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Posted by Adam Howell

Petition against road connection at Bridge to Nowhere

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Now is the time to sign the petition calling for Colorado Department of Transportation officials to avoid scarring the rural character of La Plata County with a US Highway 550 road connection at the Bridge to Nowhere.

The visual impacts that connecting US Highway 550 to the Bridge to Nowhere would have are staggering yet completely absent from any wording in the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Environmental Impact Statement on the Interchange.

The Bridge to Nowhere has become the centerpiece of a regional dumb-growth strategy. Its justification was based on over-inflated demographic and traffic growth projections that were calculated with convoluted, arbitrary, illogical and inexplicable mathematical formulas.

The Bridge to Nowhere was preemptively constructed without a necessary easement in place before hand. After construction was started without the easement needed to access the Bridge to Nowhere, the CDOT justified the bridge for having “independent utility” outside of its original intention of connecting US Highway 550 to US Highway 160. It is currently only utilized by those on the south side of US 160 who have been forced to, after CDOT put a guardrail barrier in the middle of US 160, and those doing u-turns. This project has shown us how the sled was put before the dogs, and planning was skipped altogether while CDOT mushed away with our tax dollars!

How does CDOT continue to pretend it was a success while refusing to admit to their obvious mistakes in planning this project?

This is where US 550 connects with US 160 at Farmington Hill.

Please reconsider the visual impact that the excavation of 1.82 million cubic yards of dirt, rock and vegetation from the end of Florida Mesa would look like on this rural landscape. Even more, please give the modifications of the existing alignment on Farmington Hill a chance in the future of realigning US 550 to US 160.

Sign the petition to hold CDOT officials accountable for this fleecing of taxpayers HERE.