Presentation of modified ‘Westsiders’ Option’ Aug. 17

       People wanting more information about a smaller-scale alternative plan for the Highway 24 expansion will have an opportunity Aug. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gold Hill Substation, 955 W. Moreno Ave.
       The meeting has been set up by Welling Clark, president of the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), who will give a presentation of the plan and welcome feedback from attendees. The modified plan, which has evolved from citizen ideas over the past few months, is called Westsiders Plan #2. “Maybe from the meeting we'll have a 2A or even a 3,” he said.
       The meeting will also share information on what's happening with the informal Working Group that includes area civic, business and government leaders. The group, which will have met again Aug. 16, has been meeting with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in hopes of scaling back wide-footprint expansion plans that would include dozens of home and business removals and a major interchange at 21st Street.
       The Westside Plan is an effort to widen the highway as needed but without such signficant neighborhood impacts. Clark's Plan #2 is a kind of parkway hybrid that would allow non-stop highway traffic, while vehicles would enter/exit at major intersections via compact overpasses that could also ease north-south non-motorized crossings. He had unveiled it at the last Working Group meeting, and it is now being studied by CDOT.
       The next CDOT open house/meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 24 at the West Intergenerational Center. (See story, Page 1).
       For more information on the Aug. 17 meeting, call 471-4023.

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