Hente sees Westside Hwy 24 as low-priority project

       Scott Hente is the latest Westside elected official to criticize the direction in the planning for future Westside Highway 24 corridor upgrades.
       In a recent interview, the Colorado Springs District 1 City Council member questioned the priority of the project as well as its scope.
       “It seems like there are a lot of other places they could spend highway money in Colorado,” he said, adding that if he wanted to see six lanes on Highway 24 anywhere, it would be east of Divide.
       Even in Colorado Springs, he mentioned the Highway 16 access to Fort Carson and the I-25/Cimarron interchange as being higher priorities than widening Highway 24 between the interstate and Manitou.
       In terms of scope, Hente said that ending the project at Manitou Springs, as planned by the Colorado Department of Transpor-tation (CDOT) project team, would create a choke point for traffic. “I'd fix it up there (Ute Pass) as well,” he said.
       Hente's district takes in Highway 24 from 31st Street up to the western city limits.

From a press release