Westside Pioneer Home Page

1st public meeting June 14 on 30th Street rebuild from Fontanero to Mesa

May 31, 2018
       A public meeting is scheduled Thursday, June 14 on the planned reconstruction of 30th Street between Fontanero Street and Mesa Road.
       The meeting - the first for the public at large since project planning started over a year ago - will be in the cafeteria at Holmes Middle School, 2455 Mesa Road, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a presentation at 6 p.m.
       “This road has been identified as a corridor with needed safety, pavement and drainage improvements that will better facilitate emergency vehicles and provide
Changes to the intersection of 30th Street (foreground) and Gateway Road (leading into the Garden of the Gods) are part of the city's plans for upgrades along 30th between Fontanero Street and Mesa Road.
Westside Pioneer photo
for an emergency evacuation route,” states Colorado Springs Public Works' project website. “Design elements will include widened shoulders, drainage abatement, slope stability and traffic flow at intersections.”
       A construction timeline has not been determined, but work is currently expected to start in 2020 and last 18 months, a project team member said in May. The city has in hand a $1.5 million stipend from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority for the design and a $7.1 million state grant for construction (plus another $1 million that was recently freed up from federal/local funds for a roundabout at Gateway Road and 30th). At one point, it was thought there might be enough money to fund work as far north as Garden of the Gods Road, but in recent months city engineers have decided that only Fontanero-to-Mesa is affordable.
       Prior to the June 14 meeting, city officials and consultants have held multiple meetings with “stakeholders, property owners and organizations with interests along the corridor,” the project website states. “Their input has helped guide recommendations to address issues and for improvements along the 30th Street corridor being presented for public feedback during the June 14 public meeting.”
       The lead consultant is Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig (FHU) - the same company the city used to design the $35.5 million Westside Avenue Action Plan project that is rebuilding Colorado Avenue west of 31st Street.
       Offshoot concepts from the study have surfaced in recent months, including proposals for roundabouts at Gateway Road/30th Street and (in connection with Camp Creek improvements) Fontanero/31st Street.
       The 30th Street project website is coloradosprings.gov/30thstreet.

Westside Pioneer article
(Transportation: 30th Street Corridor)

Would you like to respond to this article? The Westside Pioneer welcomes letters at editor@westsidepioneer.com. (Click here for letter-writing criteria.)