What's New in Development and Transportation
Road projects, building inspections, streamlining services, and much more has been the name of the game for Development and Transportation. Director Jeanie Rossillon, along with her division directors, updated the commissioners at staff briefings about the latest happenings in their department.
Transportation and Engineering - Director Kevin French
Transportation and Engineering has been working on improvements to Moss Street, which is almost complete. The division is rehabilitating Myers Gulch Bridge and construction will start in June. Another big project has been the work on Quincy Avenue. Improvements at Quincy and Kipling Street are almost complete and work is beginning from Simms Street to Kipling.
Road and Bridge - Director Larry Benshoof
Road and Bridge purchased a new rotomill machine that will pay for itself in three years due to increased productivity. A rotomill is a machine that grinds a layer of pavement off to get the road ready for a new layer of asphalt. The removed asphalt is recycled for other roadway surfacing projects. The division also has several projects going on including shoulder widening at 60th Avenue, repaving the parking lot at Reynolds Ranch Park, and parking lot improvements at the Sheriff's Evergreen Substation. Road and Bridge has been improving communications with citizens. It posts weekly maps online showing where crews will be paving.
Building Safety - Director Becky Baker
The Building Safety Division had an increase in the number of inspections. There have been all sorts of construction projects from roofing to mechanical and electrical work. New technology now enables inspectors to upload results immediately giving homeowners and contractors fast results, allowing the jobs to move forward in a more timely manner.
Planning and Zoning - Director John Wolforth
Planning and Zoning has seen an increase of three percent in activity coming into the office compared to this time in 2011. The division worked with the BCC and the city of Westminster to dissolve the Northeast Comprehensive Development Plan, which was not a guiding document like other county plans and no longer necessary. Planning and Zoning is also finding ways to make information more readily available to the public and now posts pre-applications, development review cases and planning commission agenda packets online.
Airport- Director Kenneth Maenpa
The Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport saw the demolition of its old tower and the opening of a new tower, which is 125 feet tall and has improved the air traffic controllers' line-of-sight. Crews at the airport won the Balchen Post Award for outstanding snow and ice control. The airport also has acquired a few new tenants such as Independence Aviations, Executive Air West and Upwind Pilot Shop.
To learn more about Development and Transportation, please visit www.jeffco.us/devtrans.