Muller is leading a multi-firm team in the development of a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study and Access Control Plan (ACP) for the State Highway CO 52 Corridor. The project limits extend 42 miles along CO 52 from CO 119 north of Boulder in Boulder County to CO 79 east of Hudson in Weld County. CO 52 is a major east-west connection for the region, which is experiencing an increase in residential and commercial development. Muller is leading a multi-disciplined team through the PEL process to recognize needs in the corridor, develop future transportation solutions, and identify potential funding and partnering opportunities. As a parallel process, the project team is developing the ACP which will assist local agencies in making land use decisions and can help preserve ROW for future corridor projects.
From the start of the project, the project team was careful to structure a communication plan that would allow information to be distributed to both internal and external groups at the right times during the projects. This ensured the project team had enough time to prepare information, and more importantly, hold productive meetings to share information with the Technical Team to make decisions. This strategy was even more important as the team faced unprecedented circumstances presented during the worldwide COVID pandemic. The Muller team was able to pivot public engagement activities to an online platform with accessibility for all. Through these transitioned efforts, the project still saw 808 unique site views at the first public meeting. From a combination of online and in-person efforts, the project team was able to create a comprehensive contact list to which quarterly project newsletters were issued. Due to a large Spanish-speaking population in the area, Muller also worked to translate their updates and meeting materials into Spanish as well.
The final PEL Study and ACP will provide a comprehensive corridor plan through collaborative stakeholder input from seven Local Agencies. The study will identify short and long-term improvements to increase corridor safety, maintain regional connectivity, improve functional integrity, and address current and future transportation needs along the corridor.
Read more on the CDOT project page here: https://www.codot.gov/projects/co52-pel-acp