Hwy 24 ‘no action’ action items listed
“No action” is the nickname given to the third option for Westside Highway 24 in the ongoing planning process for future
upgrades. It does not mean that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) would take no action at all. The option is
also called “existing plus committed,” meaning that it includes improvements that are already planned along the corridor between
I-25 and Manitou Springs.
According to CDOT, the following work is planned:
Widen 8th Street south of the highway to six lanes, along with turn lanes and other improvements up to the intersection (but no changes in the highway's acceleration or deceleration lanes).
Improve the westbound approach at Eighth Street.
Widen 21st Street (south of Highway 24) to four lanes, plus turn lanes and curb/gutter and other improvements up to the intersection (but no changes in the highway's acceleration or deceleration lanes).
Implement Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) improvements as part of what is called a Congestion Management System. This involves video monitoring of road conditions.
Extend the Midland Trail between 21st Street and Manitou Avenue.
Westside Highway 24 has been identified as the 6 ˝ miles of road between Interstate 25 and the first Manitou Springs exit. The other two options CDOT and its consultants have presented are a freeway, with several overpasses and a roadway roughly 1/3 wider than at present; or an expressway, with an overpass only at Eighth Street and a roadway roughly twice as wide as it is now. CDOT has stated that either of these options contain the necessary improvements to handle projected traffic along the road through the year 2030.
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