Montrose County Commissioner Glen Davis and Government Affairs Director Jon Waschbusch testified before the Transportation Legislation Review Committee at the State Capitol Building on October 5th. Davis and Waschbusch addressed this joint committee of Senators and Representatives with regard to safety issues on Highway 550 between Montrose and Ouray.
"It was an honor to provide local perspective on a critical public safety issue to the committee." said Waschbusch.
Davis added, "We are continuing to work with the Colorado Department of Transportation, Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region and local communities to improve highway safety in our region."
Their testimony was in support of Montrose County Coroner Dr. Thomas Canfield’s ongoing campaign to increase awareness about safety issues on Highway 550 South. Dr. Canfield was spurred to action after working on two fatal incidents on Highway 550 this past July. Potential safety improvements include rumble strips to alert drivers who stray from their lane, widening shoulders, a wildlife underpass and fencing, straightening of curves and resurfacing. Another important factor of the campaign is to remind drivers to abide by the posted speed limits, use seat belts, practice defensive driving techniques and avoid distracted and drowsy driving.