Highway 24 Environmental Assessment goes before public
|Leading up to a public hearing Monday, June 11, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has released to the public its Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed major expansion of Westside Highway 24.|
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The hearing will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. - including a presentation from 5:30 to 6 - at the Community Partnership for Child Development office at 2330 Robinson St.
The EA release is a milestone in the public planning process that CDOT started in 2004. The expansion is proposed based on traffic predictions that the current four-lane highway, slowed by at-grade intersections, will have continually worse traffic jams in the coming years.
The document contains an executive summary, six chapters and nine appendices, detailing development plans as well as mitigation of construction impacts on traffic, noise, drainage, parks, historic properties and other areas.
When finalized, the EA will be a formal document that goes to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for review. If the FHWA approves the EA, it will become the document used for construction; however, no funding has yet been appropriated for the targeted four-mile corridor between I-25 and Ridge Road.
The public will have 45 days to comment on the EA. Copies are available on the Westside at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.; or the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments building, 15 S. Seventh St.; or online at coloradodot.info/projects/ us24west.
The EA's basic expansion layout is like that of the “preferred alternative” that CDOT presented in 2010, calling for interchanges at 8th and 21st streets, six-lane at-grade intersections at 26th and 31st streets and an overpass at Ridge Road.
Some of the other highlights:
Westside Pioneer article