Joseph Elsen, CDOT Program Engineer

Glenwood Springs, CO | Program Engineer, Colorado Department of Transportation |

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) would like to commend you and your staff for excellent effort and positive results on the State Highway 82, Grand Avenue Bridge project.

This project was initiated in November of 2011, and Newland Resources has been a very key Study Team member in the middle of “one-on-one contact” with approximately 3,000 stakeholders through an array of outreach activities.

  • 5 Grand Avenue Bridge Public Open Houses (an average of 90 attended each).
  • 10 Grand Avenue Bridge Stakeholder Working Group Workshops (average of 30 attended each).
  • 2 open houses held jointly with the DDA and CDOT.
  • 2 open forums hosted by the Glenwood Springs Chamber.
  • Meetings with more than 30 business owners in the study area.
  • One-on-one meetings with more than 35 individual stakeholders.
  • 30 meetings and workshops with elected and public officials.
  • 8 event displays, plus 2012 and 2013 Strawberry Days and weekly Downtown Farmers Markets.
  • 20 civic and community group meetings.
  • 13 meetings with City of Glenwood Springs staff and emergency service providers.

Additionally, updated project information has been published in several media outlets. This has resulted in letters, emails, and phone calls with ideas, suggestions, and opinions about the process and the alternatives; several ideas have shaped the options and alternatives.

This has been an extremely challenging project with many constraints, and Newland Resources has done an outstanding job of making sure that we are engaging stakeholders effectively and efficiently.

I recommend you and your team to any owner that values professional knowledge, practical solutions and a common sense-based approach.