Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring 2019

UPDATES Works News RTD kicks off 50 years of making transit history Agency launches half-century milestone building up to July 1 anniversary date Understanding SUE and Road Grading Tickets Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) Tickets Subsurface Utility Engineering Tickets are intended for projects being designed by a license professional engineer that include the investigation and depiction of existing underground facilities meeting or exceed- ing the ASCE38 Standard. When processing a Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) request, facility owners have ten business days to comply with the law and submit their records (maps, sketches, etc.). Colorado 811 is diligently working to implement software to accommodate the file attach- ment requirements relating to utility design work. As we continue to work through this legislative man- date Colorado 811 encourages all member facilities owners and operators to share their records with the architect and engineer directly until the next release with file attachment capabilities are made available. Road Grading Annual road maintenance that does not exceed six inches in depth conducted by a gov- ernmental agency on an existing unpaved road, the marking shall be considered valid for up to 180 days. All members within the county will be notified of a road grading ticket and have ten business days to respond. “RTD is the largest political jurisdiction in the state of Colorado, other than the state itself,” Tisdale said. “That is an awesome responsibility, and we enthusiastically embrace our role as leaders in influencing transportation policies that move the region and that inspire the rest of the country. To my fellow RTD board members, I salute all who serve now and each who came before us. Your thoughtfulness and collaboration set the stage for the achievement we celebrate this year.” RTD will mark key milestones in the life of the transit agency with events throughout the year. It will feature compelling, resonant stories of the people who move people on its social media accounts. RTD has also redesigned the homepage of its website to showcase the commemorative logo and photos from the last 50 years. The agency developed an interactive timeline that highlights how RTD has been an innovator in transit over the last 50 years and where we are headed to redefine mobility for the next 50 years. The timeline will continue to evolve over the course of the year as we add more photos from the past, photos from events yet to occur, and more functionality. RTD launched its golden anniversary year with a special event at Union Station, kicking off a year of celebration to mark the transit agency’s 50th anniversary, officially July 1. For the rest of this year, RTD will tell the stories of its impactful past and some of the people who have contributed to the many ways RTD has made transit history. The transit agency also unveiled its official anniversary look, showing RTD’s new brand mark of the mountains and the number 50. “I am honored to lead at this momentous time,” General Manager and CEO Dave Genova said. I’m proud to say that I’ve worked for RTD for 25 fantastic years – half the life of the agency. “It’s been remarkable to see RTD transform from a bus-only operation to a regional mobility integrator as RTD leads the transportation transfor- mation actively working to meet the needs of a population that continues to grow. Our agency is leading the regional mobility needs and strategies conversation, and I am very proud of the fine work of our dedicated public servants.” Genova and RTD Board Chair Doug Tisdale spoke at the event about RTD’s history of making transit history and where it is going as the transit integrator, innovator and influencer for the region. 10 Colorado Public Works Journal #FundTheFix Join the Campaign! Colorado’s transportation infrastructure is in desperate need of maintenance and repair. Currently, the primary source of funding for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is the state gas tax. Unfortunately, the gas tax - $.22 per gallon - does not increase annually with inflation and has not been increased since 1991. At the same time, cars have become more fuel efficient which has created a declining collection of revenues and a $9 billion list of needs for our transportation infrastructure. Consider the following: • Colorado’s population has grown 53% since 1990 while the lane miles on our highways have only gone up by 2%. • Additional transportation funding will allow us to maintain and improve the safety of our bridges. • Poor road conditions – potholes and rough roads – can cause damage to your vehicle’s tires and suspensions. Properly maintaining our roads can save drivers as much as $300 per year in vehicle repair bills. • Infrastructure investment and construction jobs fuel our state’s economy – every $1 billion invested in non- residential construction creates and sustains more than 28,000 jobs and another $1.1 billion in personal earnings. Our goal for 2019 is to maintain and amplify the drumbeat for increased infrastruc- ture funding both at the State Capitol and across the state. In January we launched an aggressive social media campaign to highlight the need for transportation funding. The goal of the campaign is to keep the issue front and center for elected officials, policy makers and business advocacy organizations. Follow the campaign on social media with the hashtag #FundTheFix. In addition to the #FundTheFix hashtag, we have also introduced #ThatsMyJam. Describe your commute and post pictures and tweets about congestion, potholes and general concerns about transportation infrastructure, using the hashtag #ThatsMyJam. For more information, contact Dawn Taylor Owens at: DOwens@BluePrintStrategiesllc.com .

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