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CDOT sets 2nd meeting on denied Sinton Road access from EB Fillmore

      
Signage marks Sinton Road at Fillmore Street. In the background is the sign for the gas station north of the intersection. Its owner is one of several on Sinton Road upset about the left turn from eastbound Fillmore being denied.
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A second public meeting on the Sinton Road access controversy is scheduled Tuesday, June 28.
       The location will be the El Paso County Citizen Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Room 1019. The time range is 5 to 8 p.m.
       The confab was set by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) engineers Mark Andrew and John Hall, as a “follow-up” to the meeting last February, Andrew said in a recent interview.
       At that meeting, CDOT heard from several Sinton business owners who were displeased that the former left-turn access from eastbound Fillmore Street has been removed as part of the Fillmore/I-25 interchange-replacement project (which started in February 2015 and is due for completion in July). This has caused a downturn in trade, CDOT was told.
       According to a Sinton shop owner, Rick Uribe, the removal - marked by signage and a raised concrete island - affects an estimated 540 residents and 50-some business owners along Sinton a mile or so north of Fillmore.
       Andrew said that CDOT has hired an engineering consultant to study the situation, and the entity will report on its findings at the meeting. He noted that the consultant is one that was not involved in designing the new Fillmore/I-25 interchange. “We wanted a completely independent look at it,” he said.
       He and Hall explained in February that the access was removed because the eastbound left onto Sinton is too close to the on- and off-ramps and thus fails to meet modern safety standards. The access had been part of the original interchange when it was built in 1960 - in a time when Fillmore/I-25 was on the north edge of the city and traffic considerably lighter.
       Lack of notification about interchange plans was another complaint at the February meeting. About 75 people attended, and Andrew told the Westside Pioneer that everyone who signed in is being notified of the June 28 meeting.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 6/21/16, updated 6/22/16; Transportation: Major Roads)

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