Community Encouraged to Learn About Project, Provide Input
Learn more about possible transportation infrastructure improvements to West Colorado and Manitou avenues (N. 31st Street to the US 24 interchange).
Westside Avenue Action Plan Community Open House:
When: 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 18
Where: Memorial Hall, Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.
Meet the project team, learn first-hand about this transportation study and provide valuable input. The resulting plan will lead to infrastructure improvements which best support long term economic revitalization for this important corridor between the historic districts of Old Colorado City and Manitou Springs. The more people understand about this effort and the more they participate in the process the better the chance to positively influence the future economic vitality of the area.
“This will be the broader community’s first chance to meet the project team and learn more about the Westside Avenue Action Plan,” said Andre Brackin, El Paso County Engineer and the County’s project manager for the study. “The team has collected a lot of information and learned about community values and corridor issues during previous meetings, which will help shape the team’s recommendation.
“During this open house, the team will share some of what they’ve learned to this point while answering questions and collecting feedback from area residents, business owners and other interested parties,” Brackin said. “The more people understand about this effort and the more they participate in the process the better the chance to positively influence the future economic vitality of the area.”
A Stakeholder Committee, which first met Aug. 6, provided the study team some valuable input. Representatives of organizations, business groups, citizens and other constituents in the study area explored community values and examine existing issues in the 1.5-mile corridor along West Colorado and Manitou avenues.
“It's important that transportation and infrastructure improvements for the corridor be planned with a long-term community vision,” Brackin said. “The project team challenged the stakeholders to visualize the corridor in 25 years; how should it look and how should it function.”
To receive periodic progress e-newsletters and learn how to get involved, visit the project website www.WestsideAvenuePlan.com and click the “Weigh In link” to be added to the contact list.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239