City Council agrees that Hwy 24 presentation would be helpful
Colorado Springs City Council member Jerry Heimlicher gained a consensus from council Aug. 13 on his request to get a presentation on the Westside Highway 24/
greenway plans from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
A date for the presentation is not yet set, but could be as early as September. Mayor Lionel Rivera directed Interim City Manager Mike Anderson to meet with CDOT.
Concerned that the highway corridor expansion could have a potentially detrimental impact on business and the Westside, Heimlicher would like to know more about what the state has in mind.
“I could see the shock on their [council members'] faces when I said it would take out Safeway [at the Red Rock shopping center] and other businesses,” Heimlicher said.
CDOT representatives have previously said a greatly widened highway is needed for future traffic levels, and a greenway (providing recreational/ open space types of opportunities) could replace existing homes or businesses at various locations in the highway/Fountain Creek corridor for aesthetic reasons and because those kinds of structures are not allowed in flood plains.
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