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Letter: Concern about T-intersection concept for Colorado/Ridge

       Understanding the complexities encountered by the Westside Avenue Action Plan project team and consultants, it has been a long time since the last public meeting concerning the plans for No Man's Land. Being a frequent traveler across the short segment of Ridge Road between West Colorado and Pikes Peak avenues, I have growing concern that the proposed T-intersection at Ridge/Colorado is not taking into consideration the significant disruptions which will occur on adjoining streets. It is possible a large number of vehicles will begin using 36th Street as an alternative to the short segment.
       Here is a link to Google Maps overhead satellite view (which requires a short wait for the close-up view to appear):
       Problems I see associated with a T-intersection include:
       (1) Residents north of Colorado Avenue may be considerably displaced in accessing I-24.
       (2) The link between the Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon will be severed.
       (3) Residents along Pikes Peak Avenue would see increases in traffic along a quiet residential street. An alternative to the proposed traffic light at Ridge/Colorado might be a traffic circle situated in the relatively flat area to the northwest of the existing intersection, with realignment of the six road entrances, requiring the acquisition of additional private property. However, a group of minds working together could possibly arrive at a better solution.

       Peter Dunn

(Posted 1/1/15; Opinion: Letters)

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