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Council seeking feedback on transportation issues in the Pikes Peak region

August 31, 2017 Updated: September 1, 2017 at 8:27 am
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photo - Aerial view of Cimarron interchange project. (Photo courtesy of El Paso County/Twitter)
Aerial view of Cimarron interchange project. (Photo courtesy of El Paso County/Twitter) 

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments is seeking feedback on what transportation problems exist in the region and what roads, sidewalks and trails might look like in the future.

A survey, part of the Council's 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan, is now available at mapping.ppacg.org its results will help prioritize future projects the organization will have a hand in, said spokeswoman Jessica McMullen. Past projects include Interstate 25 interchanges at Cimarron and Fillmore streets.

Ultimately, the survey's results are submitted to the federal government and help determine funding allocations, McMullen said.

The survey includes an interactive map where anybody can go and submit their thoughts, McMullen said. People can flag issues, big or small. If the commute to Monument is bogged down in bumper-to-bumper traffic or a certain turn is too tight to navigate safely, the Council wants to know.

"We need to know what people see both for needs now and needs in the future," she said. "It's not just roads, it's trail connections or bike lanes, anything in the world transportation. Walking, hiking, biking, driving."

The Council consists of representatives from 16 different governmental bodies, including Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Manitou Springs and Teller County. They also collaborate with the five military installations in the area.

One future project the Council will likely be involved in is the widening of Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock, McMullen said. And the Long Range Transportation Plan helps direct that involvement.

"These plans really help, this needs mapping. It might sound a little far out, but we need people to tell us what problems they see now and we'll be able to share that with the government for that area," she said.

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