Monday, June 25, 2012

UPDATE: West Colorado Avenue really needs your help

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Just in case you were wondering, the Westside meeting has been canceled due to fire.

Colorado Springs, CO, June 24, 2012 – The first of three Westside Avenue Action Plan stakeholder meetings was set for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the Westside Community Center, 1628, W. Bijou Street. It has been cancelled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire. A new date has not yet been determined. "Due to the Waldo Canyon Fire situation, it is in the best interest of the neighborhood to reschedule this meeting," said Commissioner Sallie Clark. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and public safety officials during this time and we will let everyone know when the stakeholder meeting is rescheduled."

The worst section of West Colorado Avenue is known as No Mans Land.
  • The worst section of West Colorado Avenue is known as No Man's Land.

If the new Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority capital tax passes — continuing a sunsetting sales tax that has long funded area road projects — West Colorado Avenue might finally see some love.

And boy, could it use it.

I won't pretend I don't have a personal stake in this one. The truth is, I drive West Colorado nearly every day. I am familiar with its web of potholes. I watch carefully for the cyclists that weave precariously through No Man's Land late at night, sans lights, on a stretch with no shoulder, let alone a sidewalk.

The same stretch also accommodates elderly people with walkers trying to get home from the grocery store, and women with strollers. Both march down the right lane of the road, apparently confident that no one will be fiddling with their radio dial and accidentally mow them down.

And that's not to mention the thin lanes, crumbling bridges, and poorly designed intersections.

But why am I even telling you this? If you've ever driven West Colorado, you know firsthand that the road is a hazard. And on Monday, you'll get a chance to talk all about the problems you see, and propose some solutions to fix them.

Monday's stakeholders meeting is one of three intended to gather public input before a plan is put together to redesign the area. That redesign would then be funded by the PPRTA renewal.

Read on:

Stakeholders Meeting Set For Westside Corridor
Public Input Sought During 10-Month Assessment of W. Colorado Avenue

Colorado Springs, CO, Friday, June 22, 2012 – The first of three Westside Avenue Action Plan stakeholder meetings is set for 6 p.m. on Monday, June 25 at the Westside Community Center, 1628, W. Bijou Street. The Westside Avenue Action Plan Stakeholder Committee was created to provide a vision for badly needed infrastructure improvements to West Colorado Avenue and Manitou Avenue.

In April, the Board of Commissioners approved a contract for a Civil and Traffic Engineering Planning and Design Study. The $300,000 study is being paid for through the Colorado Department of Transportation.

“The Westside Avenue Action Plan is the first step toward the potential revitalization of the corridor,” said Andre Brackin, County Engineer. “Once the plan is finalized and funding is available, a final design would be developed and construction can begin. The Westside Avenue Action Plan’s success depends upon public involvement and public input. Our Stakeholder Committee will play a key role. Their input and community values identified during these discussions will guide development of the final plan.”

“This is an historic moment for this long time forgotten and neglected portion of West Colorado Avenue,” said Vice Chair Sallie Clark, who’s Commissioner District 3 encompasses the study area. “The commitment from the neighborhood, the merchants, elected officials and the many entities that have come to the table, provides for a comprehensive redevelopment plan which will address necessary road, drainage and accessibility issues while spurring on future economic vitality.”

The study will examine the needed roadway improvements, traffic flow, pedestrian access, utilities placement, drainage and other infrastructure problems along West Colorado Avenue between 31st Street and Manitou Springs. Portions of Colorado Avenue in this area fall under four different jurisdictions; El Paso County, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Additional stakeholder meetings will be scheduled during the fall and winter. The stakeholder meetings also are open to anyone who wants to follow the discussions. Two public open houses also will be scheduled toward the end of summer and in January 2013 for citizens to see how the plan is progressing and to provide input.

To receive Westside Avenue Action Alert e-newsletters and learn how to get involved, send an email to, or call the project message box at 719-629-7566 and leave your contact information.

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