Colorado Springs is growing and improving. Our region extends to Manitou Springs our ‘sister city’ nearby. These two communities complement one another, offering residents and visitors different options when it comes to work, play and everyday living. Being only a few miles away from the Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs has been growing alongside us. Yet there has long been an area between our two towns, a ‘No Man’s Land’, consisting of a stretch of nothing but the roadway surrounded by the countryside.
According to an article recently published by the Gazette, soon there will no longer be a ‘No Man’s Land’ between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. The approval process has begun for a big improvement project currently underway to bring new vitality through better community access between Manitou and Colorado Avenues, known to locals as ‘No Man’s Land’. Earlier this month, the Pike’s Peak Rural Transportation Authority signed off on the contract for the construction project. The next step to occur will be the approval from El Paso County, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Once approved, this long anticipated project will be underway.
Assuming approvals come through, project work is estimated to begin this winter, and to be completed sometime in 2018. Highlights will include bike paths, landscaped sidewalks and modern lighting. For those already familiar with the Midland Trail bike route, you can also take heart; this new project will extend the trail through the entire corridor between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. With the addition of more pedestrian and cycle friendly features, enjoyment of the natural beauty which stretches between our two towns will be more accessible.
There are also plans to reroute a part of Fountain Creek, over which the Midland Trail runs. There is a section prone to flooding with heavy rains. The rerouting of the creek is aimed to better handle larger amounts of water from storms. Drivers should note that the road shall be going from a 4-lane route to a 3-lane route, thereby providing the space needed for all these improvements.
These changes are expected to bring new life to this area between our communities. With new connections, we can expect new opportunities. When you are ready to buy, or sell your home, connecting with a local Realtor® who knows the community well can make a big difference in how happy you are with the process. We at Springs LifeStyles Real Estate are here to help you with all your real estate needs! Call Kathy Stenberg at (719) 963-4867, or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also visit us at our website for available listings and additional information.