Public support leads WAAP project team to OK 'Adams Crossing' as bridge nameProject team members in the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) have previously said a study of Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street was meant to focus on engineering needs, not social issues.
Among those urging this decision, based on the positive historical activity at that location, were long-time Westside civic leader Dave Hughes, neighborhood leader Welling Clark and County Commissioner Sallie Clark.
The name “Adams” comes from Charles Adams, a prominent citizen in the late
Backing up his call for action, Hughes asked the 50-some people in the meeting at the Westside Community Center to raise their hands if they were in favor. Most did. Sallie Clark followed this by asking if any objected. None did.
Also expressing support was County Engineer Andre Brackin, who has the dual role of project manager.
Lead consultant Steve Murray said he too was convinced and even displayed a power-point slide for the audience identifying the bridge as the “Adams Crossing Bridge.”
With the naming decision, project team members made it clear that the intent is to identify the bridge with a marking of some kind saying “Adams Crossing,” along with some explanation of the local history.
City Parks Development Manager Chris Lieber added that he hopes to get more history in general into the signage along the Midland Trail through the Westside.
Tim Seibert of NES, a private planning firm contracting with the project team, said he would work historical aspects into the bridge design as much as possible.
“Please know that it's on its way,” Seibert told the audience.
The meeting discussion arose in response to a recent article in the Westside Pioneer online publication, which included interviews with Westside historians and research into the history of Adams, his lasting impact on that area and new findings on the actual location of his house. See the Pioneer story.
At Murray's request, Pioneer Editor Kenyon Jordan spoke on the subject early in the meeting. Hughes and the others followed that up with their comments.
The WAAP project team consists of engineers from three local governments (El Paso County, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs) with a contracted consultant and its subconsultants. Planning started in 2012. The WAAP goal is to develop a design that can allow construction to start in 2015, using funds approved by voters from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority as well as a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Westside Pioneer article