Traffic conditions in the area, specifically Hwy 66 in Lyons is a major concern. The existing permit held by Martin Marietta Materials allows for 240 truck daily trips between 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, that is one gondola truck entering or leaving the plant’s entrance on Rt 66 every three minutes. The 1998 Permit also allows SIX additional train trips daily of up to 35 railcars per trip through Hygiene and Longmont railways. The additional trucks and trains would negatively impact traffic, safety, noise, and pollution in already congested, ballooned areas whose population has increased over 40% since the permit’s approval decades ago, according to the 2010 caucus.
In march 2017 CDOT was unaware of Martin Marietta Materials permit or plans to aggravate traffic conditions in the area. SOSVV attended the CDOT March 2017 community presentation and informed CDOT of this imminent, potential threat; however, CDOT was already aware and very concerned about existing road hazards on HYW 66, as detailed in their March 2017 presentation (excerpt below), even without the exorbitant increase in traffic and hazards in road conditions that this proposed mining operation posses.
The corridor has experienced a number of safety concerns:
Several intersection and mainline locations along the SH 66 corridor have a high number of crashes, when compared to other similar roadways. BICYCLE Areas along the corridor have experienced bicycle safety concerns, from recorded incidents, physical characteristics, and cross-street connections.
There are a number of pedestrian destinations in the corridor, which do not have sidewalks connecting them and can cause unsafe pedestrian movements.
MOBILITY PROBLEM The movement of people, goods, and services along the corridor has resulted in a number of mobility problems that can be rooted in various transportation modes.
VEHICULAR Traffic congestion, inadequate intersections that fail to accommodate users’ needs, highway design, and unreliable travel times substantially impact the ability of people to move across and along the corridor.
A majority of the SH 66 corridor is a heavily utilized for bicycles (recreational, commuter, and events). There are many areas of the corridor that have insufficient shoulders that can accommodate bicycles or non-advanced riders.
PEDESTRIAN There are a number of pedestrian destinations in the corridor, many of which do not have sidewalks between the destinations. TRANSIT Transit service in the corridor is primarily focused on north-south connections and not local east-west service. There is currently a non-continuous connection of transit service providers in the corridor.
ACCESS PROBLEM The current number, locations, and design of public roadway accesses have contributed to traffic operational and safety deficiencies along the corridor. There are individual private driveways, business accesses directly onto SH 66, and inconsistent access spacing, which leads to mobility and safety problems.