Dear readers: I spoke Wednesday morning with Colorado Public Utilities spokesman Terry Bote. He told me that a PUC administrative law judge issued a decision on Nov. 7, approving the plan for the Martin Street railroad crossing.
I asked about the delay in getting this approved, and he said it is his understanding that the city had to amend its application several times to address safety issues that the PUC identified. One of those regarded widening the road. “When the city came through with applications to install signals, it had not constructed the widening as it had been approved (by the PUC),” Bote said.
After the ruling, the PUC allows a 20-day period “where parties can file exceptions to the recommended decision,” he said. So, if everything looks good to the city and to Burlington Northern Santa Fe, the approval becomes final on Nov. 28, because Nov. 27 is a Sunday.
Work on the crossing can begin at that point.