Flow Studies

CSP Hazardous Materials Flow Study Initiative

 

While exercising the police powers of the state for the purpose of protecting the health, peace, safety and welfare of the state’s citizenry, the Colorado Legislature enacted §42-20-101, et seq, C.R.S., and declared that the permitting and routing of motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials (HAZMAT) was a matter of statewide concern and was affected with a public interest.


§42-20-108, C.R.S. , authorizes the Chief of the CSP to promulgate rules and regulations for the permitting, routing and safe transportation of HAZMAT by motor vehicles within the State of Colorado. To fulfill its responsibilities, the CSP must maintain an ability to determine continuously the kinds of HAZMAT being transported on roadways within the state. Among others, that information is useful in 1) informing communities, government officials and the general public regarding Colorado’s HAZMAT freight specifics on a statewide, regional and corridor-specific basis, and 2) defining the equipment and training needs of technical, operational and first responders.


Such information is also important to ability of local communities to fulfill their responsibilities as Designated Emergency Response Authorities (DERAs) as set forth in §29-22-101, et seq, C.R.S., and under the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), 42 U. S. C., 11001, et seq.
Accordingly, the CSP has developed a HAZMAT flow study process for use on the following routes of interest:

1.Joint CSP/Local venues: where the CSP and local concerns overlap.

2. CSP venues: locations bearing characteristics of unique concern to the CSP.

3. Local venues: locations bearing characteristics of unique local concern. Though the process is generally applied to 24 hour surveys, it can be readily applied to longer survey periods. The process has also been designed to be user friendly and require a minimal expenditure of materiel and personnel resources. All data collected during the surveys is available to the public.


The surveys are cataloged into the four (4) following regions by county:

 

Northeast

Northwest

Southeast

Southwest

Adams
Boulder
Baca Alamosa
Arapahoe Broomfield
Bent Archuleta
Douglas
Chaffee
Cheyenne Costilla
Elbert
Clear Creek
Crowley
Conejos
Logan
Delta
Custer Dolores
Morgan
Eagle
Denver Hinsdale
Phillips
Garfield
El Paso La Plata
Sedgwick
Gilpin
Fremont Mineral
Washington
Grand
Huerfano Montezuma
Weld
Gunnison
Kit Carson Ouray
Yuma
Jackson
Kiowa Rio Grande
  Jefferson
Las Animas Saquache
  Lake
Lincoln San Juan
  Larimer
Otero San Miguel
  Mesa
Prowers
  Moffat Pueblo
  Montrose Teller
  Park
  Pitkin
  Rio Blanco
  Routt
  Summit

 


 

Questions regarding the captioned reports or about the CSP Hazardous Materials Flow Study Initiative should be directed to Mr. Jim Higgins, Program Manager, Troop 8C, Hazardous Materials Unit, 15065 S. Golden Road, Golden, CO 80401, Tel: (303) 273-1905, e-mail: jim.higgins@cdps.state.co.us.