Denver Water didn’t give enough consideration to using rail to transport materials.

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Fiction.

Earlier in the planning process, Denver Water met with railroad representatives to discuss the possibility of transporting construction materials by rail. When all was considered the rail representatives themselves found the quantities too low for rail transportation and recommended to us that this is a trucking job.

Property owners and residents who will be most impacted will not see a benefit of the project.

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There’s no sense denying that because we do not serve water to the communities around Gross Reservoir, they will not see a direct benefit of greater storage. There will be short-term impacts to local residents. That’s one reason why we’re working so hard to make commitments and concessions to reduce the impact of the project on the local community. However, Gross Reservoir is a tremendous recreational amenity to those in the area and will continue to be so during and after construction.

Hauling over Crescent Park Drive will create an unsafe condition.

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That’s why we’ve committed to NOT use Crescent Park Drive for materials hauling or transport of construction equipment, and the same goes for Flagstaff Road. Materials and construction equipment will be delivered to the site via Hwy 72, with flaggers in place at the intersection of 72 and Gross Dam Road. They’ll also be in place at other critical spots along Gross Dam Road where there are tight turning radiuses and points of limited visibility.

Highway 72 is not capable of handling the hauling traffic.

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We’ve met with CDOT representatives who certified that Highway 72 is rated for tractor-trailer haul trucks and is capable of handling the increased traffic. We also performed a real-world study and found fully-loaded haul trucks were able to maintain posted speed limits within the canyon through the end of the haul route at Gross Dam. See the “Construction Traffic Documents” entry and videos documenting the study here.

Haul trucks on Highway 72 will make it unsafe.

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All vehicles serving the project will be certified by the state as safe to operate, and drivers will be required to pass a project-specific safe driving course before they are allowed to haul their first load for the project. We’ll also require the use of dash cameras in all trucks and will perform random, surprise spot checks of their drives to make sure they are operating safely. Finally, we will be funding increased traffic patrols by Boulder and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Offices to improve safety for all who use Highway 72.

Trucks in the canyon are going to make my commute miserable.

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We’ve run the numbers and can avoid typical morning and evening commutes if that is something the community would prefer. We’ve also committed to not haul during hours students are being bused to- and from-school.

Be on the lookout in your mailbox for a community census Corona Insights is performing on our behalf in December 2017. This study seeks to better understand community concerns, including gathering community input on when hauling would be least impactful.

Trucks in the canyon are going to make it unsafe for children on school buses.

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We’re committed to avoiding hauling during periods when children are riding on school buses.

The semi-trucks Denver Water used in its hauling study were empty, calling into question whether trucks to be used during construction will be able to maintain speed in the canyon.

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We used a total of 10 trucks in our hauling study – the first five we sent up the hill were fully loaded to mimic the real-world hauling scenario. The study found that fully-loaded trucks of the type we plan to use will be able to maintain posted speeds in the canyon, make all the turns on the haul route safely, etc. More information about our hauling study can be found here under the drop-down in construction traffic documents.