August 2015          
Welcome to the Hancock Expressway/Academy Boulevard Planning and Environmental Linkages Study e-newsletter. Future e-newsletters will be sent periodically with project updates, upcoming meeting schedules and other useful information about the PEL Study.
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Carl Schueler, 719/385-5391
Project Consultant - FHU 
Todd Frisbie, 719/314-1800

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Per the PEL process, the City and the consultant team are developing alternatives for intersection improvements, access, pedestrian connectivity and overhead utility under-grounding. Information and findings from these efforts will be presented at the next stakeholder meeting, August 27, 4 - 6 p.m. at Victory Outreach Church.

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Stakeholder Public Meeting Reminder


The third and final stakeholder public meeting for the Hancock/Academy planning study takes place:

DATE: Thursday, August 27

TIME: 4 - 6 p.m. 

LOCATION: Victory World Outreach Church

3150 S. Academy Blvd. 

(SW corner of Hancock Expressway/Academy Boulevard)



RSVP: If you have not previously sent an RSVP, please CLICK HERE to do so.


What to expect during the meeting:


At this meeting the project team will present the recommended preferred alternative for multi-modal improvements in the vicinity of this intersection.  This will be a key opportunity to hear about, respond to and recommend refinements for the plan that has been developed in response to technical analysis and prior stakeholder/public input.

Five Academy Boulevard six-lane intersection configuration alternatives were presented for review and discussion during the March stakeholder public meeting

along with a "no-action" alternative. (Click here to view Alternatives for Academy 6 Lane.) In addition to the roadway configuration, citizen discussions included access, transit and pedestrian facilities. The five alternatives have since been refined based on public input and reviewed against 

Purpose and Need and project goal screening criteria.


Purpose and Need Screening Criteria:

  • Safety
  • Multi-Modal Connectivity and Mobility
  • Vehicular Mobility and Congestion
  • Vehicular Access

 Project Goal Screening Criteria:

  • Community Development Enhancement
  • Economic Development Opportunities
  • Projects of Independent Utility (phased implementation)
  • Right-of-Way
  • Environmental Impacts and Utility Conflicts
  • Stakeholder Input

Results of the screening process, public input and technical analysis will be discussed during the Aug. 27 final study stakeholder meeting.


This PEL is the next step of the Academy Boulevard Corridor Great Streets Plan. The expected ultimate outcome is a package of transportation improvements that supports, sustains and contributes to the revitalization of this portion of the South Academy Corridor and its associated planning areas. As an Agency Representative or Stakeholder, you are invited to attend and provide your feedback to the work the project team has been doing since the March meeting.

Information about Prior Stakeholder Meetings

Click here for more information and documents from March 5, 2015 and September 24, 2014 Stakeholder Public Meetings. These documents can be found toward the bottom of the page.  

Click to view Focus of the Vision.