Public & Agency Participation

Understanding the ideas, perspectives, and needs of key stakeholders in the corridor area is critical to building broadly supported decisions and solutions. CDOT provided multiple opportunities for the local jurisdictions, regional partners, and general public to engage with CDOT and inform the study.

The public and agency outreach plan included the following:

Broad Public Outreach

The general public was actively engaged, ensuring meaningful input was provided on the corridor issues, vision, alternatives development and screening, and priorities for the phasing of recommended improvements.

Four general public meetings were held, at various locations along the corridor. In addition to general public meetings, presentations to groups were planned, and project team representatives participated in two existing community events to discuss the study with members of the public.

Meeting Information and Documents

Community Focus Group Meetings

During the alternatives development and evaluation process, the project team conducted two rounds of community focus group meetings, consisting of stakeholders directly affected by the corridor transportation conditions and potential improvement alternatives. These groups helped the project team identify potential impacts of alternatives and discuss possible resolution techniques.

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

The TAC met frequently (about every six to eight weeks) with CDOT and consultant representatives to provide technical input as the study progressed. The TAC included staff from the following local communities and agencies:

  • El Paso County
  • City of Colorado Springs
  • Town of Calhan
  • Town of Ramah
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG)
  • Central Front Range Transportation Planning Region (TPR)

The members of the TAC kept their respective elected officials updated, and served as the primary connection with their communities or organizations.

Executive Committee (EC)

The EC met with CDOT and consultant representatives at four points during the study process. The EC included elected officials and high-level staff from these local communities and agencies:

  • El Paso County
  • City of Colorado Springs
  • Town of Calhan
  • Town of Ramah
  • Central Front Range TPR