Elbert County Awarded Grant for Transportation Study

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

In early October, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs awarded Elbert County $190,000 from state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance grant funds to update its existing Transportation Master Plan. The existing plan was developed in 2008 and covered western parts of the County in an effort to address growth at the time. The County is now poised to examine the County’s entire transportation system and to address the challenges of both residential and commercial development, particularly in the energy sector. 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 citizens who work outside the County; roads affected by existing industrial facilities such as the Xcel wind farm on the east side 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 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 currently under development, and transportation plans for Douglas County and the state of 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. 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.”