Westside could get bike lanes, upgrades at bus stops

       Three alternate-transportation upgrades on the Westside are on a list of candidates for $6.5 million in federally funded road projects. All 22 proposals will be on display at a Pikes Peak Area Council of Govern-ments (PPACG) open house Tuesday, Sept. 9.
       “PPACG's staff and advisory committees have recommended funding for 15 out of 22 project proposals,” reads a press release from the regional planning agency. “PPACG would like to know what the public thinks.”
       The drop-in event will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the PPACG conference room at 14 S. Chestnut St. (accessible from the agency's rear parking lot).
       The three Westside projects are:
       Road alterations, as needed, to create and mark bicycle lanes along about 2 miles of Uintah Street between 20th Street and Walnut Street ($110,000). Recommended by staff and citizen committtees. Score - 731.
       Improved handicapped accessibility at Mountain Metro bus stops along Route 14 (downtown to East Library), which includes a lengthy segment along Walnut and Chestnut streets and through the Holland Park neighborhood ($200,000). Recommended by staff only. Score - 718.
       Road alterations, as needed, to create and mark bicycle lanes along 30th Street between Fontmore and Garden of the Gods Road and along the latter street as well ($471,000) - a total of about 3 ˝ miles. Recommended by staff only. Score - 696.
       According to the PPACG release, “the projects fall into two categories of federal funding-Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) and Transportation Enhance- ment (TE). CMAQ projects reduce emissions of carbon monoxide while TE projects strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the transportation system.” The three Westside projects are TE.
       PPACG staff and advisory committees (Community Advisory, Transportation Advisory and Air Quality Technical) scored the projects based on a set of weighted criteria that includes factors such as safety, cost effectiveness, and environmental preservation. The lowest score to get a recommendation from staff and/or committees was 551.
       Elaborating on the current prioritizing, Jennifer Young of PPACG explained in an e-mail: “With the staff's recommended project lineup, 14 projects could be funded (the 14th project would only be partially funded), and with the committee's recommendations, 15 projects could be funded (the 15th project would only be partially funded).”
       The list can also be viewed on line in detail at ppacg.org. For more information, call PPACG at 471-7080, x127.

Westside Pioneer/press release