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CDOT Launches New “Contact Us” Feature as Part of its Enhanced, Multifaceted Customer Service Program

STATEWIDE – Today, March 2, the Colorado Department of Transportation will be launching the last phase of its multi-pronged effort to improve and streamline customer service to the general public:  the online “Contact Us” feature. The first change in CDOT’s new “customer service experience” upgrades was the launch of newly revamped web sites:  CDOT’s main […]

Council Receives Funding for Bridge Repair

“Team Lamar”; the Lamar City Council sported Bronco jerseys for Monday night’s council meeting, courtesy of Gerry Jenkins, council member. The Broncos, of course, won Sunday’s Super Bowl match against the Carolina Panthers and the council agreed to hold off on city matters long enough for a requested group shot.  Maybe they can do it […]

CDOT Provides Estimated Timeline for Main Street Construction

  The Main Street construction project in Lamar will be conducted in three phases over several years and the bidding for a contractor for the first phase will begin May 5th of this year.  Brian Long, CDOT resident engineer for southeast Colorado and Dean VanDeWege, P.E. Senior Project Manager for Jacobs Consulting, hosted a public […]

Colorado Traffic Fatalities Surge in 2015

  CDOT Doubles Down on Outreach to Drivers STATEWIDE — Preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) indicates that traffic fatalities rose by 10% in 2015. In 2015 there were 545 traffic fatalities in Colorado, compared to the 488 fatalities in 2014. “Every fatality is one too many, which is why we are […]

Council Wraps Up 2015, Discusses Funding for Economic Development Study

    The City of Lamar is receiving funding to improve the deficiency rating for the short bridge crossing the Lamar Canal and linking the city’s industrial park to Commercial Street. The State Special Highway Committee recommended the funding for $392,480.  City Administrator, John Sutherland, told the council the bridge has a 20 rating which […]

The Heat Is On Resumes with Holiday Party DUI Enforcement

269 Motorists Cited for Impaired Driving Over Thanksgiving Holiday STATEWIDE — As the leftover turkey is finally gobbled, for many it’s time for eggnog, craft beer, champagne and other holiday party libations – so it’s time for another The Heat Is On statewide DUI enforcement period. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), Colorado State Patrol […]

CDOT Rolling with Thanksgiving ‘Heat is On’ Campaign

The Heat Is On For Turkeys and Drivers This Thanksgiving CDOT and CSP’s DUI Enforcement Begins Today STATEWIDE — While many of us sit down to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast with friends and family, Colorado’s dedicated law enforcement officers throughout the state will work overtime, citing and arresting those that choose to drive under the […]

Work Underway on Granada Safe Routes Project

  Excavation work began on November 6 in Granada for the CDOT Safe Routes to School project.  Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, provided a progress report to the Trustees during their monthly meeting on November 11th.   Work on curbs and gutters is expected to begin the latter part of the week and warm weather will […]

New Council Sworn In, City Approves Water Project Loan Application

Two Lamar City Council meetings were held Monday, November 9 and were a part of a municipal housekeeping process following a general election. The first meeting, held with current city council members approved the consent agenda.  The second meeting, at about 5 minutes later, began with swearing in ceremonies for any new council members, a […]

Lamar Officials Briefed on Reliever Route Updates

The long anticipated Reliever Route or Lamar By-pass is still in the planning and financing stages, but some alternatives for three key points of the 9.7 mile, two lane road around Lamar were discussed by CDOT and AECOM engineering officials this past Wednesday, September 30th. City of Lamar, Prowers County officials and local and regional […]

Safer Workers at Less Expense. New Feature in Use Near Lamar

Colorado uses first steel barrier on Highway 50 – Positive protection for construction zone workers Highway construction is a dangerous job, vehicles traveling at high rates of speed often within inches of workers and equipment. The 2015 annual report from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) stated 46% of highway work zones will have […]

Labor Day DUI Enforcement Period Begins Today

  STATEWIDE — Beginning today, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local agencies are stepping up education and enforcement for the 2015 Labor Day DUI enforcement period. The enforcement period, part of CDOT’s The Heat Is On campaign, runs from Friday, August 21, through Tuesday, September 8. In conjunction […]

Granada Begins Sidewalk Safety Project, Discusses Elm Beetle Infestation

A single bid was submitted for the Hoisington Street, sidewalk safety project in Granada. MonCor, LLC was the lone bidder for the CDOT funded project which will start early next month. Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, who has been overseeing the local aspect of the project, told the Granada Trustees the bid came in at […]

Council Approves Water Infrastructure Agreement

Almost 20,000 linear feet of water main which runs north/south along U.S. 287 is owned and maintained by the City of Lamar. That water distribution system will be impacted by CDOT’s highway reconstruction project, set to begin next spring. The City of Lamar is working with CDOT to replace all the affected water infrastructure connections […]

Water Main Break Closes SOS Center on East Olive Street

Due to a water main break on Olive Street in Lamar, resulting in the lack of water in the building, the Lamar Community Resource & Senior Center and SAGE Nutrition are closed today, July 30, 2015. The Prowers Area Transit Services (PATS) continue at this time, however, PATS may need to close early today. Any […]

Click It Or Ticket Campaign to Buckle Down on Nighttime Offenders

STATEWIDE — Starting tonight, Monday, July 20, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Click It or Ticket campaign is taking its initiative after hours with a statewide nighttime seat belt crackdown. Following the successful Click It or Ticket May Mobilization enforcement, CDOT is again teaming up with the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) and local law […]

Funding Crucial to Ports to Plains Development

A series of connected highways running 1,390 miles from Mexico to Canada through Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and other northward states Dakota make up the basic Ports to Plains Corridor project. Lamar hosted a regional meeting this past Wednesday, July 15,  allowing participants to learn about the most recent developments for highway development and the need […]

New Downtown Beautification Programs Approved for Lamar

The Lamar Redevelopment Authority approved $27,000 in Authority funds to purchase and install new concrete flowerboxes for the east and west sides of Main Street in Lamar, from Beech Street to Elm Street.  Shawna Hodge, Community Development and Urban Renewal Manager, told the Authority that the new boxes will blend with the existing architectural features […]

Lamar Council Approves Utility Developments

The council authorized an agreement for engineering services for $10,000 for the Main Street Water Distribution System Project Needs Assessment.  The goal is to replace the city’s aging water mains underneath Main Street in anticipation of CDOT’s re-surfacing project set to begin in early 2016.  A Needs Assessment on the project, costing $10,000, is required […]

Granada Safe Route to Schools Project Could Begin in September

Granada Police Chief, David Dougherty, stated that the Safe Routes to School project will be rebid after three weeks of advertising for the project.  The pre-bid meeting is July 23 with CDOT officials and any area contractors interested in the project.  It has been revamped in light of the lack of any close estimated bids […]