Highway 24: ELT/TLT is on for May 16

       After announcing recently that another ELT/TLT meeting on Highway 24 was not currently necessary, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) planning team has scheduled one.
       The combined group of local government representatives will provide feedback to CDOT and its consultants Friday, May 16 at CDOT's Cheyenne Mountain Complex, 1480 Quail Lake Loop, starting at 9 a.m. They will be continuing their scrutiny of updated CDOT proposals for expanding Highway 24 to six lanes with two or three new interchanges between I-25 and Manitou Springs.
       Public input is not part of the meeting, but citizens can attend.
       ELT stands for Executive Leadership Team (mainly elected officials from local governments), while TLT is the acronymn for Technical Leadership Team (mainly local governments' planners and engineers).
       A lead CDOT consultant had told the Westside Pioneer about two weeks ago that another ELT/TLT would not be needed before the July public meeting. However, according to Kyle Blakely, spokesperson for the CDOT planning effort, the session is needed to “finish the discussion with that group about the recommended alternative for the corridor. We covered up to 31st [Street, at the ELT/TLT meeting in April] and it's important for us to show them the recommendation for the remaining stretch in person.”
       The May 16 meeting will come three days after CDOT plans to meet with Manitou Springs City Council about upgrades to the existing interchange at Highway 24 and Manitou Avenue that could require a business removal. Blakely said it is not a problem having that meeting before the ELT/TLT because the Manitou council “is to specifically discuss the Manitou interchange and not the whole stretch west of 31st.”
       An exact date for the July public meeting has not yet been announced.

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