Public invited to learn about upcoming downtown roadway projects

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Downtown Colorado Springs / Mike Duran -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -– Downtown Colorado Springs will soon be a more bicycle-friendly destination.

It’s all part of the next round of projects in the city’s voter approved 2C construction projects.

The public is invited to attend an information session regarding upcoming roadway projects downtown.  Crews will be doing quite a bit of paving which gives the city creative license to do something different.

They will be using some of the current parking spaces and unused asphalt to provide about a mile of bicycles lanes. Not only will this free up sidewalk space for pedestrians making it safer, but could also provide an economic boost for casual bike outings with downtown as the destination.

“Downtown is an active place and it’s a place that people really want to bike to,”  Kathleen Krager, the Division Manager for Traffic Engineering for City of Colorado Springs said.   “Downtown you have people who both commute to their jobs on bicycles and people want to come down to downtown just for fun and want to do it as a bike trip.”

The roadway project will eventually connect the downtown to the Legacy loop, a 10-mile trail along the perimeter of the downtown area.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Studio Bee at the Pikes Peak Center located at 190 S. Cascade Avenue.

The effected roads include:

  • Cascade Avenue from Colorado to Platte
  • Pikes Peak Avenue from Cascade to Shooks Run Trailhead
  • Weber Street from Southern Dead End/Lowell development to Pikes Peak Avenue
  • Rio Grande Street from Sierra Madre to Wahsatch
  • Cucharras Street from Nevada to the Eastern Dead End

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