The objective of the community outreach program is to solicit input through an open, dynamic process that includes as many of the residents, businesses, property owners, agencies, stakeholders, and community groups within the study area as possible. The process has been structured to involve people early and often, and to share information as it becomes available.
Community outreach for the I-70 East EIS has used a variety of techniques, including:
Hiring residents from the neighborhoods to help share project information.
Conducting and requiring extensive training for anyone who will be interacting with the public.
Using flyers to notify residences and businesses of meetings.
Conducting door-to-door outreach as a first contact in many neighborhoods.
Holding block meetings within neighborhoods.
Attending neighborhood association meetings and business meetings.
Conducting neighborhood meetings and larger corridor-wide meetings.
Providing translation, child care, and meals at meetings.
Establishing working groups to address specific issues.
Involving the media in a proactive manner.
Community Outreach Techniques
We have used a variety of techniques to ensure meaningful involvement from the community. The outreach process was designed to be personal and extensive It began at a one-on-one level and expanded to bring together the many interests in the corridor. A variety of opportunities have been made available for the community to get involved and stay informed about the project. These include:
Newsletters and Mailings
Newsletters and mailings are being used to provide project status updates and information. They are mailed to the people on the project mailing list at critical points during the project. I-70 East EIS newsletters and mailings are English and Spanish publications.
Join the I-70 East EIS Mailing List to receive mailings.
Read the I-70 East EIS Newsletters online.
Advertisements are placed in weekly newspapers, Denver daily newspapers, and other relevant local publications to announce meetings and other important study information. Look for ads in the Denver Post, El Seminario, El Hispano, Denver Urban Spectrum, Denver Weekly News, La Voz, and other local publications.
The project website is being used to disseminate information and provide a schedule of events. The site includes English and Spanish options and includes features such as an online feedback form, an automatic update e-mail distribution for when new information is posted, a location for media information, and technical documents or reports. The website is updated on a regular basis with the intent of providing real-time project information.
Corridor-Wide and Neighborhood-Specific Meetings
Corridor-wide and neighborhood meetings have been conducted at major project milestones or to cover specific topics and provide opportunities for the community to interact with the project team to discuss project issues and recommendations.
View meeting materials from past meetings: Meeting Minutes
Community Leaders Meetings
The project team holds informal meetings monthly at locations in the corridor to answer questions and provide updates. Walk-ins are welcome at any time to talk to project team members, ask questions, express concerns, and provide comments. These meetings are held as open discussions and there are no presentations.
Check Meeting Notices for the next Community Leaders Meeting date and time.
View meeting materials from past meetings: Meeting Minutes
Telephone Town Hall
The I-70 East EIS project team utilizes an innovative outreach technique to reach out to a large number of community members in the comfort of their homes. The telephone town hall technology allows the project team to contact thousands of phone numbers within the project area. Attendees are invited to listen to a live presentation on the project and ask questions from the project team members live or leave a voicemail to talk to them offline. Polling questions can also be designed and asked by the presenter. These help solicit input from the public on various issues by asking them to choose an answer by pressing a number on their phone.
Check Meeting Notices for the next Telephone Town Hall date and time.
Telephone Town Hall Meeting info and audio recordings can be found on: Meeting Minutes
The PACT Process
Due to a lack of strong support for any of the 2008 DEIS alternatives, CDOT and FHWA initiated a collaborative process to identify a preferred alternative. The Preferred Alternative Collaborative Team (PACT) was formed in July 2010. Made up of a group of stakeholders representing federal and state agencies, local governments, and community and business interests, PACT conducted extensive deliberations—including two corridor-wide meetings. The PACT was unable to reach consensus on a preferred alternative. After the conclusion of the PACT process, the City and County of Denver initiated an outreach effort with several community work groups made up of more than 90 participants. This outreach developed a list of neighborhood goals and expectations to be integrated in CDOT's environment evaluation.
A meeting was held on August 28, 2013, with the former PACT stakeholders to provide an update on the progress of the project since the conclusion of the Preferred Alternative Collaborative Team (PACT) process in 2011.
A summary of the meeting can be found on: Meeting Minutes
ARCHIVE: More information on the PACT is available in the PACT Archives.
The Highway Working Group included members of all of the highway-related working groups (community impacts, interchanges, alternate routes, bike/pedestrian/open space, economic development, trucking/motor carriers) from the I-70 East project. The group discussed issues and approaches to various project concerns and was open to the public.
ARCHIVE: View meeting materials from WG Meetings: Meeting Minutes Archive
Various agency committees had been meeting throughout the project prior to the 2008 Draft EIS to discuss issues and develop recommendations. Forums were provided at these committee meetings to hear community input.
Stakeholder meetings have been held on an as-needed basis and typically include property or business owners, business or homeowners associations, special interest groups, religious organizations, neighborhood associations, police/fire personnel, and others, as appropriate. These presentations typically are held at the group's regularly scheduled meeting, but can be specially arranged meetings.
Contact Us if you are interested in having an I-70 East EIS representative at your next meeting.
Scoping is a formal coordination process used to gain input on the extent of the project and the major issues that need to be addressed.
In the scoping portion of the study, which is now complete, the project team met in over 50 scoping meetings with the community, stakeholders, and numerous government agencies to identify issues. Through these meetings, participants offered numerous ideas about transportation-related issues in the corridor. Major topic areas identified in scoping included:
Need to consider multi-modal alternatives (bicycle, pedestrian, transit, automobile).
Availability of funding for construction.
Toll road concerns.
Alternate route suggestions.
Construction timing and effects to businesses and the community.
Accommodation of growth and local plans.
Drainage on the highway and existing bridges.
Issues unrelated to the EIS that were brought up during the scoping process have been passed on to appropriate agencies. A summary of the community outreach and scoping process has been documented in a Scoping Report (Contact Us).