Final Hwy 24 aesthetics meeting April 22

       The last of three informal meetings on aesthetics for the state-proposed Highway 24 expansion will be Wednesday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

An artist's rendering shows how the Ridge Road underpass at Highway 24 might look after the future project to widen the highway between I-25 and Manitou Springs. People at the first two aesthetics meetings have been asked to comment on style suggestions, such as the natural stone.
Westside Pioneer photo

       The site is the Community Partnership for Child Development (Head Start) office, 2330 Robinson St. The public is invited to come and offer ideas.
       Hosted by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) engineers and consultants, the meeting will look at ways to make the highway corridor between I-25 and Manitou Springs more attractive when it undergoes future widening and intersection upgrades (currently estimated between the years 2016 and 2035).
       Planned discussion points will include Vermijo Park specifically and bridges, walls, structures, trails, sidewalks, views and greenways in general. Aesthetic concepts developed during the first two meetings in November and January will be incorporated, according to press releases.
       Those meetings focused on what CDOT calls the highway's “urban area” from I-25 to 31st Street and the “rural area” from 31st to Manitou Avenue.
       For more information, call 477.4970 or e-mail

Westside Pioneer/press release