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Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director Michael Lewis will be the featured speaker in a public forum organized by Ark Valley Voice, to be held at 5:30 p.m. June 28 in the Poncha Springs Town Hall. The two-hour public forum will present a transportation briefing for Chaffee County residents regarding the state of Colorado transportation, including the impact of funding on rural transportation projects, and an overview of state highway projects in Chaffee County, including current and future projects on U.S. highways 50, 285 and 24.

The second half of the public briefing will be a question and answer format, allowing county municipal officials, residents and businesses to ask questions of the executive director about current and upcoming highway projects and provide input ranging from safety concerns to the need for passing lanes. The evening event is free and open to the public.

Announced at the May 31 intergovernmental meeting, the free public event will be preceded that day by a collaborative work session in Buena Vista with elected officials and staff from the county, the three local municipalities and the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation. Lewis also plans to tour the site of the Cottonwood Pass road construction project (C.R. 306), on which construction began in the past week.

Current CDOT work in Chaffee County includes the wildlife underpass project on U.S. Highway 285 in Nathrop. More information is available here.