2nd of 3 Hwy 24 ‘aesthetic’ meetings

       The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will host the second of three “aesthetic planning workshops” for its proposed Westside Highway 24 expansion Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Community Partnership for Child Development (Head Start) office, 2330 Robinson St.
       “The public is invited to attend and offer ideas,” CDOT spokesperson Kyle Blakely said.
       At the first workshop last November, citizen volunteers, along with representatives of CDOT and the project consultant team, began considering design options for such project elements as bridges, pedestrian overpasses, signs, lighting, sound walls, and landscaping.
       Blakely listed the following questions that CDOT would like meeting participants to consider:
       What function should aesthetic treatments serve?
       What are the potential visual themes that can support community function?
       Did the project miss any additional corridor elements?
       What views are important to highlight?
       What views are important to screen?
       Geographically, the first meeting focused on the segment between I-25 and 31st Street. The Jan. 21 meeting will look at the “rural section” (31st Street to Manitou Ave.), Blakely said. A third meeting will be held in the next few months to review the final design plans, he said.
       The expansion would widen Highway 24 to six lanes west of I-25 to Manitou Springs, with full interchanges at 8th and 21st streets. With funding still an issue, construction is not anticipated on any part of the project for eight years.
       For more information, call 520-5800.

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