Traffic light discussions continue in Fraser |

Traffic light discussions continue in Fraser

Fraser trustees on Wednesday night discussed a letter the Colorado Department of Transportation sent to Mayor Fran Cook regarding the US Highway 40 traffic light issue.

In the letter, Dave Eller, CDOT director of Transportation for Region 3, asked the mayor and town trustees to consider participating in an ACP (access control plan) in order to allow CDOT officials to “better understand your community, your plans, and your needs as we determine how to manage the highway both now and into the future.”

The cost for the town of Fraser to participate in the ACP would be $50,000.

Fraser officials said the town likely will not participate in the plan since the budget committee did not approve the cost for the study in the 2012 budget, said Cook.

However, the mayor did say the town is agreeable to working with all partners, if they can figure out a way to pay for it.

The trustees agreed to spend time in 2012 to see how many partners they can find to help make the study affordable. Other towns, Grand County, and developers might contribute to the cost.

CDOT has identified the need for a traffic light on US 40 somewhere between the turnoff for Rendezvous and King’s Crossing, but there are competing suggestions for where it should be located.

Terry Stanford, Director of Land Development for Rendezvous Colorado, said during the meeting that he was glad to hear Fraser will still discuss the possibility of the study if they can find money.

“It’s worth pursuing and asking the question [to CDOT] if they could whittle down the $50,000.”

CDOT has been working with staff from Fraser and Winter Park to find solutions to US Highway access issues, according to the letter.

Eller’s letter also states there are two solutions. The first is developing an ACP, and the second option is to have small community focus groups to address the specific area on US Highway 40.

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