Platte Avenue Corridor Study

Planning Phase

About the Project

Project update (July 2022)

SAVE THE DATES! 
Monday, August 1, and Tuesday, August 2, 2022 

 

After careful consideration of feedback provided by the community, the study team will develop additional alternatives for the Middle Shooks Run and Knob Hill character areas of the Platte Avenue corridor. Public workshop meetings are being held to collaborate with the community to identify additional transportation alternatives for the future of Platte Avenue between Wahsatch Avenue and Circle Drive.

The project team will be hosting these meetings at the following times, in-person:

  • Community Meeting #1 – Monday, August 1, 5:30 to 7 PM
  • Community Meeting #2 – Tuesday, August 2, 5 to 6:30 PM

Both meetings will be held at the City of Colorado Springs Administration Building, 30 S Nevada Avenue, Room 102.

The project team is eager to receive your input on ideas for moving the Platte Avenue Corridor forward. Please join us and be prepared to contribute your thoughts.

View the flyer here.

The City of Colorado Springs is conducting a corridor study along Platte Avenue between I-25 and North Powers Boulevard. View the project map. Platte Avenue is a ConnectCOS community corridor and has been identified as a priority corridor for further analysis. Studying how our community uses Platte Avenue provides a valuable opportunity to improve how people travel by car, transit, walking, or biking in and around this six-mile corridor.

During this study, the City has collected and analyzed data to better understand the current conditions and future travel demands. The City is working closely with local residents, businesses, and area stakeholders to identify how this former state highway may better serve the adjacent neighborhoods and larger community. In addition to community feedback, the Platte Avenue Corridor Study’s functional objectives serve as a guiding principle for identifying and evaluating solutions

For more information about ConnectCOS visit the project website.

Project Materials

Open House Summary & Survey

Open House Summary & Survey

View the comprehensive open house summary.

In May and June, 2022, the City of Colorado Springs and ConnectCOS project team hosted six in-person open houses, one in each council district. Three of the open houses included information from the Platte Avenue Corridor Study. Participants were invited to explore different information developed over the life of the project, ask project team questions, and share their feedback. We invite you to explore ConnectCOS and the Platte Avenue Corridor Study in greater depth. For your convenience we offer an introductory video highlighting the questions our team set out to answer, what was found, and potential ideas for the future. In addition to the videos, you’ll find PDFs summarizing each open house station.  Once you’ve reviewed the open house boards and project video, we have developed a survey to let your voice on what you liked, disliked, and what was missing from the proposed project.

Video

The video linked below is a recorded slideshow. Please note, the audio requires permission from you to play. You will need to interact with the presentation by hitting pause/play or skipping to the next slide at least once to give the browser permission to play audio.

Watch the video exploring ConnectCOS and the Platte Ave Corridor Study

Station Boards

Please use the links below to navigate to each station’s board. The PDFs linked below are the same material presented at each in-person open house. These displays reflect information shared at the community open houses in May/June 2022. Based on input received at these meetings, there is continued evaluation, analysis, and community engagement occurring to refine and develop additional alternatives for potential inclusion in the plan. 

Platte Ave

To view the ConnectCOS stations, please visit coloradosprings.gov/connectcos.

Survey

The recent open house survey has been closed. To provide additional comments, please email the project team at Info@platteavestudy.com. Please check back soon for the comprehensive open house summary.

August 2022 Workshop

In August of 2022, the study team facilitated a community workshop focused on identifying and evaluating additional study alternatives for the portion of the Platte Avenue corridor between Wahsatch Avenue and Circle Drive. Nearly 150 residents, business owners, City and study team staff joined in productive sessions over the course of two days. Sessions included:

  • Topical focus groups of representative stakeholders sharing concerns and generating creative ideas,
  • Study team sessions to review and further develop and refine the ideas generated
  • Two evening general public sessions to share outcomes and gauge feedback from a broader audience 

The workshop yielded numerous perspectives and ideas that will inform recommendations for the upcoming draft corridor study.

A meeting summary is provided here.

Slide presentations from the two general public sessions are provided here:

Public Process

Future Engagement Opportunities

Fall 2022

The project team will continue ongoing analysis of corridor improvements and public engagement to draft the corridor plan and recommended actions.

Winter 2022

A final plan will be submitted to City Council for consideration as part of the ConnectCOS Plan

Previous Public Engagement

May/June 2022

Public meetings were held on May 16, 17, 25, and 31 and June 7 of 2022. These in-person open house meetings, held in conjunction with the ConnectCOS Transportation Plan, provided information about the draft recommended alternatives for the Platte Avenue Corridor. The public comment period ended on June 15, 2022, but comments on the materials posted online are encouraged at any time.

February 2022

The project team has held the following meetings: 

  • Two community office hour sessions. The first saw nine total participants, and five of those nine joined for the full two-hours. Attendance for the second office hour saw eighteen total participants. A summary of each office hour session can be found on the project website.   
  • Seven one-on-one stakeholder meetings from early-December 2021 and the project team continues to engage with community stakeholders throughout their technical analysis.  
  • Multiple meetings for residents and neighborhoods including the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood, the Boulder Street Neighborhood Group, and residents at the intersection of Sheridan Avenue and Platte Avenue.  

These meetings in addition to the feedback received through media comments, emails to the project team, and public comment cards were summarized from December 2021 until February of 2022.

View Summary of Public Engagement - February 2022

January 2022

Following a recent virtual meeting recording (December 15, 2021), the Platte Avenue Corridor Study project team held two community office hour sessions on January 6, 2022, and January 10, 2022. Summaries of each office hour sessions are linked below.

December 15, 2021

The public meeting scheduled to take place on December 15, 2021, was cancelled due to extreme weather and power outages across the City of Colorado Springs. In response, and in an effort to keep the public informed about the Platte Avenue Corridor Study, a recording of the meeting content is now available for public viewing. The recording includes the information and content that was originally scheduled to be presented.

The goals of this recording are to:

  • Share information for the Platte Avenue Corridor Study
  • Review analysis to-date, recommendations, and potential alternatives
  • Provide a look ahead and how the public can continue to contribute feedback

Watch the video recording

Platte Avenue Presentation.mp4

View the presentation slides

The comment period for the survey is now closed.

August 2021, Community Workshops

In August 2021, the project team held three community workshops, engaging select geo-targeted members of the community, including business and property owners, residents, workforce, City staff, transportation experts, and land use experts to inform proposed alternatives and next steps in the study.

Workshop Background Information

Summary of Functional Objective Exercise for all workshops

Monday, August 16th, Areas 3 & 4 Community Workshop (Knob Hill & Eastern Reaches) This portion of the study area includes Platte Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods between Union Boulevard and Chelton Road. This segment includes Knob Hill Arts District, Citadel Mall, and Academy Boulevard.

Summary for the Knob Hill and Eastern Reaches character areas  

Tuesday, August 17th, Area 1 Community Workshop (Downtown) This portion of the study area includes Platte Avenue and the surrounding businesses between I-25 and Wahsatch Avenue.

Summary for the Downtown character area

Wednesday, August 18th, Area 2 Community Workshop (Middle Shooks Run) This portion of the study area includes Platte Avenue and the surrounding neighborhoods between Wahsatch and Union Boulevard. This segment includes Middle Shooks Run. 

Summary for the Middle Shooks Run character area

June 9, 2021 Public Meeting

During the Virtual Community Meeting we previewed a corridor specific digital survey developed to collect input on existing conditions along Platte Avenue. This survey is now closed. 

Please check back regularly for key project dates and engagement opportunities.

Spring/Summer 2021

The project team is conducting an analysis of the corridor using a variety of data, discussions with stakeholders and our Community Advisory Committee, and input from the community. The information developed will then be used to draft alternatives to improve corridor functionality for a range of goals related to mobility and corridor context.

The project team will discuss corridor constraints and opportunities as they begin to develop a comprehensive list of potential improvements appropriate to the unique and changing character within the corridor.

Community Advisory Committee

The Platte Avenue Corridor Study Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will serve as a sounding board and critical conduit between the broader community and project team during this collaborative planning process. The representatives (as seen on the roster below) are from a wide variety of sectors and organizations that represent various interests along Platte Avenue. They will help share project information to their networks and provide key insights at major technical milestones to assist the project team in developing the final plan and proposed improvements for Platte Avenue.

Meeting Summaries


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