No firm proposals are yet on the table, say officials from the city of Greeley and the Colorado Department of Transportation, but they agree that a takeover by the city of some streets now designated as “business routes” for U.S. 34 and U.S. 85 would be a move that makes sense.
“We’d call it a jurisdictional transfer of ownership,” Greeley Public Works director Paul Trombino said. “The state has another name for it. They call it ‘devolution.’”
No such action is on Greeley’s radar so far regarding Eighth Avenue as Business Route 85 or West Ninth and 10th streets as Business Route 34, Trombino said. However, he has noted in the past that “there is a point where it’s in the state’s and city’s interest where we have more control over those streets.
“For any project or work, the permitting authority is CDOT, so there’s reasons to do that” city takeover, he said. “It’s really a city street more than…