Those who live in the Imperial area just south of Arnold are invited to add their two cents’ worth on the Jefferson County Public Works Department’s plans to improve a couple of problem areas on Miller Road.
A public hearing will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the cafeteria at Seckman High School, 2800 Seckman Road, in Imperial, to get feedback on projects that will realign the Miller Road intersection at Spring Forest Road and improve 720 feet of Miller Road south of Elm Drive.
“They’re two projects that are only separated by a few hundred feet,” Public Works Director Jason Jonas said.
Both projects are scheduled to be done in the middle of 2021.
The first, Jonas said, would improve a problem intersection at Spring Forest Road.
“It’s an intersection that Ys, with Miller Road turning east and Spring Forest coming in,” he said. “There are two tough vertical curves leading to the intersection that cause problems with sight distances leading into the intersection, making it tough for motorists to see, and then you’ve got a challenging situation with the Y intersection.”
Jonas said the plans involve realigning the curves and converting the Y intersection into one that will meet at a right angle.
The project is estimated to cost $612,000, with 70 percent paid for with money from the federal government and the rest through the county’s 1/2-cent sales tax for road and bridge improvements.
“We’ve been seeing a lot of federal grants for safety work – and this area has a history of crashes – and for drainage improvements. This project takes in both,” Jonas said.
The second project, a bit northeast of the first, will involve improvements to Miller Road from a point 600 feet south of Elm Drive to just past Country Wood Drive.
“There’s a sharp 90-degree elbow curve just past Elm and no shoulders there,” Jonas said. “People go through there at a high rate of speed and we’re looking to do some straightening out of the curve to keep people on the road,” he said.
Replacement of a corrugated metal culvert with a concrete box culvert over a small stream also will improve stormwater drainage, he said.
That work is estimated to cost $273,000, with the federal government paying 80 percent of the cost.
“I think the public will see the benefits of both projects,” Jonas said.
Jonas said the public hearing will be held in an open house format, with those wishing to attend able to come and go during the three-hour period as they wish.
“There won’t be a presentation, but we will have a display of the preliminary design, and people from my office and the engineering firm will be there to answer questions,” he said.
Those wishing to make a written comment on the project will be able to do so on Dec. 3.
“We’ll be taking written comments for 10 days after the hearing,” Jonas said. “If you can’t make it there, you can ask someone else to pick up a comment card while they’re there, or they can contact my office.
“Also, we’ll be posting the plans on the county’s website (jeffcomo.org) after the meeting, and they can download a written comment form from there,” he said.