Merrifield pledges to advocate against ‘ugly and disruptive’ Westside Highway 24 plans
District 18 State Rep. Michael Merrifield is “not happy with the direction the state is going” on Westside Highway 24 and
pledged Jan. 21 to be “an advocate for the neighborhood” on that matter.
Proposals he's seen from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for a widening and interchanges between I-25 and Manitou Springs “are ugly and disruptive, and I'm not sure if they're necessary,” he added during a town meeting Jan. 21 at Colorado College's Slocum Hall.
The two-term Democratic legislator said that once he has a clear idea of what the Westside sentiment is, “I will go to Tom Norton (CDOT executive director) and express my concerns.”
CDOT and its consultants will hold their sixth in a series of open houses on Westside Highway 24 Thursday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the West Intergenera-tional Center, 25 N. 20th St., presenting a variety of design options for each intersection along the 6 ½-mile segment. Forms will be provided for attendees to comment about the plans.
Merrifield's district includes the older Westside, as well as Manitou Springs and the downtown area. He is the only Democrat in the Statehouse from El Paso County.
At his town meeting, he also discussed topics that will be considered during this session of the Colorado Legislature. He said he is writing a bill that would require a greater emphasis on arts in the curriculum in public schools. A former Coronado High music teacher, Merrifield said it has been proven that a strong arts focus helps students do well in their core classes.
Merrifield also spoke about the following:
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