Avenue Action Plan
Westside Avenue Action

June 2014


Local Stakeholders, Citizens Endorse 

Preferred Alignment

Pay Tribute to Adams Crossing History


Almost 50 Westside Avenue Action Plan residents, property owners and business owners attended the April 16, 2014 stakeholders meeting at the Westside Community Center. They learned about and discussed the preferred alignment for W. Colorado Avenue, which will shift the roadway to the north between Ridge Road and Columbia Road. The new alignment will allow construction of the new bridge over Fountain Creek to take place with the least impacts to existing traffic lanes.


Also during the meeting, stakeholders learned about:


  • Proposed changes to Fountain Creek to be better prepared for a 100-year flood event
  • The alignment alternatives considered for W. Colorado Avenue and the reasons the recommended alternative was selected
  • The proposed alignment of the Midland Trail
  • Transferring the roadway from the Colorado Department of Transportation to El Paso County
  • Preliminary and final design
  • Easement/property acquisition necessary to accommodate the new alignment

Stakeholders recommended recognizing the history of the location of the new bridge over Fountain Creek by proposing to designate the future structure as the Adams Crossing Bridge. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here.


A public open house, which will provide additional project details, will be scheduled for this fall. Funding for construction of the work identified in the Westside Avenue Action Plan will be available through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority after Jan. 1, 2015. Construction is likely to begin in late 2015 following the region's tourist season.

About the Westside Avenue Action Plan 

The Westside Avenue Action Plan is a study to develop short-term transportation and safety improvement recommendations and a long-range livable, walkable, economic vision for the 1.5 miles of W. Colorado and Manitou avenues between N. 31st Street and the US 24 interchange. This plan is the first step toward infrastructure improvements to address safety and efficient travel in the corridor. These improvements will set the stage for economic revitalization and other future corridor enhancements and positively contribute to the region's economic vitality.

This study is a collaborative effort among multiple agencies that have jurisdiction along the study segment: El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, the City of Manitou Springs, and the Colorado Department of Transportation.


Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority tax revenues, which will be available sometime after January 2015, will provide much of the construction funding.


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