Former Arvada Mayor Ken Fellman was hired as a special counsel for the Public Utilities Commission for the Gold Line Project.
The project consists of a 11.2-mile electric commuter-rail transit line running from Denver Union Station to Wheat Ridge. Eight stations will serve the route, including locations at Olde Town Arvada, Arvada Ridge and Ward Road.
The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) works on all matters concerning utilities in the city, but for the Gold Line Project, the commission is focusing on safety issues associated with railroad crossings, said Kevin Nichols, senior planner for Arvada.
”When changes are made to the railroad crossing, the PUC needs to approve them,” Nichols said.
Fellman served on the Arvada City Council from 1993 to 1999, and as mayor from 1999 to 2007. He is the vice president of Kissinger & Fellman law firm in Denver. He specializes in representing local governments and telecommunication services.
Fellman said he is happy to have an opportunity to get involved with the city again. He said he finds the Gold Line Project to be of special interest because a great amount of work for the project was completed while he was in office.
”It’s a critical project for the city, and one that is really important,” he said.
Construction on the Gold Line Project began in late May with the relocation of utilities on Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and Grandview Avenue. This portion of construction is expected to be completed within 60 days.
Minor street closures are anticipated, and there is a possibility of temporary water service interuption during construction.
Information about the progress of the project can be found on the city’s website, Arvada.org, under the ”About” tab.
The estimated completion date for the Gold Line Project is summer 2016.