Next Hwy 24 meeting scheduled Jan. 20

       A date has been announced for the next public meeting on future upgrades to Westside Highway 24.
       Described as a “Colorado Department of Transportation Open house and Workshop for Highway 24,” it will be Thursday, Jan. 20 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the West Center, 25 N. 20th St. The open house portion (a chance to look at exhibits and talk informally to engineers) is scheduled for the first half-hour, followed by the workshop.
       The agenda and format of the workshop have not been stated yet. However, after the initial meeting Nov. 18 - in which 115 people crammed simultaneously into two meeting rooms at the center - project leader Mary Jo Vobejda of the CH2M Hill consulting firm said consideration would be given to breaking up into smaller groups at the next meeting.
       The stated goal by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is to develop a plan that would improve the safety and mobility of the 40-year-old Highway 24 corridor through the Westside, between I-25 and Manitou Springs. This would lead to a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) by the first part of 2006 and a final EA within about two years. No construction money has been authorized as yet.
       The first meeting served basically as a brainstorming session, with a variety of citizen ideas being proposed without critique from CDOT or its consultants.
       For more information on the open house/workshop, call 630-3133.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release