CDOT to seek solutions at second Hwy 24 meeting

       Many critical issues have been identified, and now it's time to start gathering ideas for possible solutions. According to the Colorado Department of Transporta-tion (CDOT), that will be the focus of the second public meeting to help CDOT develop an environmental assessment (EA) for Westside Highway 24 Thursday, January 20.
       The meeting will consist of an open house and workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the West Center for Intergenerational Learning, 25 N. 20th St. in Colorado Springs.
       The EA is being developed to address mobility and safety issues along the 6.5-mile stretch between Manitou Springs and I-25.
       “We had great participation at the first meeting and we received a lot of input about the critical issues and concerns along the corridor,” said Dave Watt, CDOT project manager for the Highway 24 study. “We'd love to have the same level of participation and input at this meeting.”
       The meeting will include a short presentation of findings from the first public meeting, plus an outline of the project criteria based on those findings. The majority of the meeting will be spent gathering ideas from citizens on possible solutions to the critical issues that have been identified, according to Watt.
       He said upcoming phases of the study will include an evaluation of potential solutions, followed by the development of final alternatives and drafting of the EA. Several more public meetings are planned for 2005, about one every two months.
       For more information, visit the website at or call 477-4970.

From a press release