Workshop for Gold Camp Road set Aug. 7

       A “planning workshop” for Gold Camp Road is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road.
       Coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service, the session is intended to “help develop several reasonable alternatives” for future uses of the currently closed 8.5-mile section of the road, according to a USFS press release.
       On the table are five basic concepts for the section and Tunnel 3 - whose 1988 cave-in ended the route's access from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek after 87 years as a railway and later a road. The concepts cover a spectrum between no action (leaving the 8.5 miles for hikers, bikers and motorcyclists) and reopening the road to two-way motorized traffic.
       Participants will be divided into working groups to “fine-tune” the concepts,” the USFS release states.
       The workshop follows several meetings/open houses on the issue through the spring and summer. Information from the Aug. 7 workshop will be used by USFS staff and consultants to develop a draft environmental impact statement, to be released for public review in October.
       For more information, call Frank Landis, USFS outdoor recreation planner, at 477-4203.

Westside Pioneer Article from press release