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Black Forest Road Corridor Plan responds to area’s rapid growth

Public invited to learn more during Feb. 27 informational meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs has initiated a Corridor Study for Black Forest Road (Woodmen to Old Ranch roads) to establish a plan for meeting current and future capacity needs as the area continues to experience rapid growth. The plan will address safety and capacity needs and will enable the City to move forward to design future project phases as funding becomes available.

The public is invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about the corridor plan:

Date: Thursday, February 27

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Presentation at 6 p.m.)

Location: Grand Peak Academy, Cafeteria, 7036 Cowpoke Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80908

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this process should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the hearing, by calling 719/488-5908. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 or 1-800-659-3656 Relay Colorado (voice) or 1-800-659-2656

(TTY).

The area of Colorado Springs along the three miles of Black Forest Road between Woodmen and Old Ranch roads has experienced considerable growth over the past several years, with continued growth projected. According to Mike Chaves, City Engineering Manager, much of the area, as well as the arterial connections to Black Forest Road (Research Parkway / Marksheffel Road and Briargate Parkway/Stapleton Road) is projected to be developed within the next five to ten years. Several large developments have already been constructed in this area.

“A cohesive plan is needed for future improvements or widening in this area of Black Forest Road,” said Chaves. “The existing and proposed development requires more capacity along this portion of Black Forest Road than the current two-lane section provides.”

During the informational meeting citizens will learn more about the corridor plan, including:

· Corridor Development process

· Near-term construction limits and phasing of construction improvements

· The required number of road lanes

· Water quality and detention

· Replacement of the Cottonwood Creek Bridge

· ADA compliance and multimodal accommodation

Improvements of Black Forest Road (Woodmen Road to Research Parkway) is funded through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority II (PPRTA) as an “A” list project. Additional City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County funding for construction is possible.

For more information about the Black Forest Road Corridor Widening Plan, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/blackforestrd

To receive project progress enewsletters, send an email to Carolyn requesting to be added to the notification list.

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