About 75 concerned locals had their questions about tourism traffic on Ute Pass and Highway 24 answered during a community meeting Tuesday night.
CDOT engineers are working to add some road striping, an additional lane for those leaving the Peak, and new signage.
“Overall we think that we’re going to get more traffic with the closure of the Cog, and so we want to try to respond and work with the county to come up with ideas to get traffic in and out quicker,” CDOT engineer Mark Andrew said.
Up to 15,000 people use the Pikes Peak Highway each weekend, and with the Cog Railway out of commission, Pikes Peak America’s Mountain manager Jack Glavan said that number could go up.
Pikes Peak America’s Mountain is also making some staffing changes to get people to the summit quicker.
“So what we are doing is all three gates are going to be open at 7:30 this year,” Glavan said. “By 10:00, then we’re going to have six different rangers welcoming people at the gate. So we’re going to double the capacity at the gate, so hopefully that speeds up the traffic to approximately 250 vehicles per hour,” Glavan said.
Those additional park rangers will have the capability to take credit cards or cash.
They hope these small changes will make a big difference for drivers.
The hotline for locals and businesses to call regarding detours and other resources is 719-628-8028.