MAY 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES – SmartComment is providing digital public engagement for a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) proposal to widen Interstate 25 between Denver and Colorado Springs — a project the agency says is critical to its plans to improve safety and traffic congestion along one of Colorado’s busiest arteries.

Among other improvements, the proposal could widen to six lanes a 20-mile stretch of I-25 between Colorado Springs and the Douglas County-El Paso County line. The agency hopes to begin construction on that segment in the summer of 2019, but will first be hearing feedback from the public on a number of alternatives being considered as part of the project’s planning process.

“This project would be transformative to CDOT’s efforts to ensure safety and mobility along Colorado’s highways, and no part of the process is more important than soliciting and truly understanding feedback from the citizens it will serve,” said Tim Mullen, co-founder of SmartComment. “We look forward to our role in ensuring that transparency and accessibility remain at the forefront of the project’s public engagement campaign.”

SmartComment is working with CDOT staff and its environmental consultants at CH2M to accept and analyze public engagement feedback regarding the plan. In addition to setting up a digital survey, SmartComment’s powerful suite of tools allows the project team to organize feedback by topic, location, and other criteria, and to efficiently respond.

About SmartComment
SmartComment provides a powerful online platform that allows agencies and organizations to efficiently manage multiple public comment periods, as well as analyze and maintain the components of each one. Besides providing a website set up specifically for each project, SmartComment’s powerful suite of tools allows clients to organize comments by topic, location, and other criteria, and to efficiently respond to them. SmartComment has brought increased accessibility and transparency to a number of high-profile projects, including the Nanushuk oil discovery in Alaska, the proposed Lucky Minerals mine in Montana, San Francisco’s proposed rezoning of its historic Central SoMa neighborhood, and the proposed $5.4 billion extension of the 710 Freeway in Los Angeles.