Beltway authority holds first meeting

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By The Staff

May 22 marked the first meeting of the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority at Arvada City Hall.

Bill Ray, Arvada’s deputy city manager, was appointed interim executive director by the authority’s board of Directors. Jefferson County Commissioner Kevin McCasky was named chair, Arvada Mayor Bob Frie vice chair, and Broomfield Mayor Pat Quinn treasurer.

Other business included the adoption of meeting rules and bylaws, scheduling the next meeting (Thursday, July 17 at 9 a.m. at Arvada City Hall), and an authorization to explore staffing options for the authority such as hiring a project manager.

The Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority was formed with the goal of constructing the last remaining piece of the metropolitan beltway, closing the gap between Colorado 128 in Broomfield and Colorado 93 at approximately West 58th Avenue north of Golden.

The participating governments contributed $100,000 each as startup funding that can be reimbursed by the public highway authority.

McCasky encouraged private-sector interests to take a proactive approach to the ultimate construction of the Jefferson Parkway.

“We ask executive management firms, design/build engineering and construction firms, and investors to contact the Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority and pursue their potential involvement. Construction of this final, missing link to the Denver metropolitan beltway is long past due, and we are looking toward the private sector to help us make that happen.”

Until permanent staffing of the authority is established, direct communication with the authority will go through interim executive director Bill Ray at 720-898-7506 or bray@arvada.org.