Hwy 24 ELT planning sessions postponed

       Two meetings of the Highway 24 Executive Leadership Team (ELT) - one that had been slated this week and the other in early January - have been postponed.
       County Commissioner Sallie Clark, an ELT member, said she has been notified of the postponement by the Envision 24 West planning team, headed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
       No rescheduled dates have been scheduled as yet. CDOT reportedly is trying to find a date and time that as many ELT members as possible can attend.
       One meeting is to discuss whether Ridge Road should be an at-grade intersection with a stoplight or a no-access overpass; the other is to seek ideas on how best to squeeze six highway lanes west of 31st Street between Fountain Creek and the cliffs next to Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
       An ELT meeting to talk about a 15th Street overpass and related road connections was held in November, with feedback from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) indicating that such work might not qualify for federal dollars because of relatively low congestion alleviation.
       The ELT meetings have been called by CDOT to receive input from area staff and elected officials on specific issues that will help the state and its consultants prepare a Preferred Alternative (PA) for the project as a lead-up to the final document - an Environmental Assessment.
       Dave Watt, resident engineer for CDOT, said the meeting delays are contributing to a “slip” in the time frame for the PA, which had recently been expected out in early 2008. He had no new estimate for its release.

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