WAAP replies on Pikes Peak Avenue closure, Midland Trail bridge underpassNov. 12, 2018; updated Nov. 21
Two questions recently came to the Westside Pioneer regarding the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) project that's rebuilding the corridor along
“Emergency services cannot get access to the area, and I believe this is a dangerous situation,” the reader commented, alleging that project officials had once “assured” people that Pikes Peak would stay open during the project.
Asked for clarification, Lisa Bachman, who oversees the project's public outreach, said she brought the question up with project leaders.
“No one recalls a commitment to keep Pikes Peak open throughout construction having ever been made,” Bachman said. “Most of Pikes Peak is open, with the only exception being the intersection at Ridge Road. Having this intersection closed helps to accelerate the project to get it completed as quickly as possible,
UPDATE, Nov. 21: Information from the weekly WAAP project Traffic Advisory states that the Pikes Peak/Ridge closure will "last into February."
Original plans had envisioned the trail, which currently ends for westbound users at Ridge Road near Fountain Creek, continuing west along the creek, north through the former Sunflower Motel property (now public land) and under the new, WAAP-built Adams Crossing Bridge at Columbia Road.
According to Brett Hartzell, project manager for El Paso County, “the new Adams Crossing Bridge still has an underpass for the Midland Trail associated with it; however, after crossing under the bridge from the north and heading south, a loop will tie the Midland Trail back into the existing sidewalk along [the south side of] Colorado Avenue.”
This means that the connection from the bridge to Ridge will be by sidewalk, once it is built as part of WAAP. Hartzell said the plans changed because the necessary property acquisitions are “taking much longer than expected, so this trail connection [using Fountain Creek west of Ridge] is planned to come in as a separate project after WAAP.”
With an overall cost exceeding $35 million, elements of the multi-jurisdictional WAAP project are due for completion this year and into 2019. For more information, e-mail MSprings@PublicInfoTeam.com, or go to westsideplan.com/dt/index.html.
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