Below are some common Myths about Over The River. Click on any Myth to learn the real facts about the project.
Fact: During the construction and removal phases of Over The River, the Bureau of Land Management’s analysis showed that impacts would be negligible to minor and short term due to the limited time frame of construction activities and the implemented traffic management measures. At times, the installation process will require temporary one-lane closures on US-50, but these short-term closures will involve no more than a 400-foot stretch of the highway in any 10-mile section. Each lane closure is estimated to cause and average delay of only 3-minutes per vehicle. Any temporary closure will be enforced with Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) approved flagging protocol and will be similar to the typical one-lane CDOT road repair closures that periodically take place on US-50.
When combined, all construction-related delays are estimated to cause approximately a one percent increase in overall travel time for the 28-month installation period. In addition, an extensive traffic management plan will be developed as part of the Over The River Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. CDOT is a cooperating agency on the EIS, and its input has been crucial in developing and evaluating the specific mitigation measures and traffic management plan for Over The River. This plan will provide a framework that can continue to help improve traffic conditions in the canyon long after Over The River has been removed. Click here to learn more.
Fact: Christo views wildlife as one of the Valley’s greatest resources and is committed to habitat protection. The fabric panels will not block wildlife access to the river for water and food, and the artists have specifically designed Over The River in a way that avoids placing fabric panels in prominent watering areas. Additionally, the construction and viewing periods for Over The River have been carefully scheduled around breeding and nesting seasons. As an added precaution, construction buffer zones will be created near potentially active eagle nests and around designated sheep areas.
Christo’s commitment to protecting wildlife and the environment is evident in the Bureau of Land Management’s analysis. In fact, the Final Environmental Impact Statement identifies no “Significant Impacts” to any terrestrial, avian or aquatic wildlife as a result of Over The River when the identified mitigation measures are implemented. Click here to learn more.
Fact: During the Over The River blossoming, exhibition and removal periods, emergency response teams and equipment, as well as law enforcement staff, will be located at strategic intervals along the canyon. Furthermore, the artists will provide ambulance and helicopter services to help expedite emergency response times during blossoming, exhibition and removal. The artists intentionally altered their design to eliminate fabric panels from river locations that have a high incidence of rescue so that emergency responders can easily access the river. Christo will continue work with local municipalities and emergency responders. In fact, the Over The River Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will include specific emergency/incident response plans, which will benefit valley residents for years to come.
The Final EIS concludes that: “Local service providers, including emergency services, would be able to meet demands of both visitors and residents from the beginning of the installation period through the end of the removal period.” Click here to learn more.
Fact: Christo has a passion for the environment and brings to Over The River an unwavering commitment to environmental conservation and protection. Every effort will be made to minimize all potential impacts related to noise, vegetation, air quality and water quality. The Bureau of Land Management’s analysis of Over The River confirms Christo’s commitment to environmental preservation:
Click here to learn more about the Over The River Environmental Impact Statement.
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