Although any mountain activity sounds unnerving during these hot, fire-threatened days, Over the River presses onward with a checklist of to-dos for the summer.
From an release sent yesterday, here are the team's goals/updates:
• A Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Special Use Permit application will be submitted very soon. This permit will define many traffic details for the Event Management Plan. For more info, please review CDOT's frequently asked questions.
• A comprehensive Event Management Plan is being developed. It will include operational details that address the traffic, safety and other issues that have been raised. The plan will be available to the public later this year.
• A Chaffee County Special Event Permit application is in development. Christo will submit it this summer once the Bureau of Land Management completes its review of the request for an August 2015 exhibition. We will make an announcement when the application has been filed with the County.
OTR's opposition group, Rags Over the Arkansas River (ROAR) has also been busy, having met last week with the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado Transportation Commissioners in Denver. ROAR presented its research on OTR's plans for traffic management and heavy equipment maneuvers during the building stages and exhibition period.
Although OTR has yet to submit a permit application to CDOT, ROAR members have studied traffic documents submitted for past permits and applications. Given their stance, it's not surprising that ROAR claims OTR's plans are unsafe, especially in the advent of an emergency or catastrophe, like a wildfire.
ROAR hopes CDOT will deny OTR the above-mentioned permit. Though it wouldn't directly sink the project, it could deal it a substantial setback. ROAR's reports can be read on its website.