Nov. 19 for Hwy 24 aesthetics meeting

       A meeting date and site have been announced for a citizen committee to discuss ways to improve the appearance and mitigate the impacts of a future Highway 24 widening through the Westside.
       The meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Community Partnership for Child Development, 2330 Robinson St.
       In an e-mail communication, a consulting firm for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) terms the committee the “Aesthetic Working Group.”
       The communication states that this will be “the first of three sessions designed to form a community concept for the corridor aesthetics. [It] will focus on the urban area of U.S. 24 from I-25 to 31st Street. For those of you involved in the Midland Greenway, we will be building on those concepts with bridges, walls and structures in mind.”
       The CDOT widening would basically add a lane each way to the highway from I-25 west to at least 31st Street, with full interchanges at 8th and 21st streets and expanded intersections at 26th and 31st. Planning with public meetings has gone on since 2004, with CDOT hoping to submit an Environmental Assessment for federal review by 2010. No construction schedule has been set, but 2016 is a tentative date for the Eighth Street work.
       Citizens were given the chance to sign up for the aesthetics group at the most recent CDOT open house on the project in August. However, anyone interested is welcome to attend. For more information, call 520-5800, or e-mail Cheryl.

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