Jan 4, 2010 10:00 PM by News First 5

Opening locked gate unlocks concerns

The possibility of opening a locked gate between neighborhoods in Monument is unlocking concerns from many residents. "It's something people in this area of Woodmoor have been against," said Larry Goad, who's lived in the area for years.

Goad's biggest worry is safety. "We're concerned about the traffic coming and going. They can't properly maintain it, and they can't properly snow plow it. "

The gate is on Doewood Dr. near Ridgeview Cir. and separates the Doewood Subdivision and Woodmoor.  Doewood is steep and narrow with hairpin turns.  School buses stop just down the street from the gate.

The gate was installed back in 1996 because the subdivision needed two emergency access points.  Now the area's been built up and new roads have been put in.  Alternatives include taking down the gate or even closing the road permanently.  "The gated condition could go away, you also have two specific references to close the area off entirely or leave it in a gated condition entirely," said El Paso County Commissioner Wayne Williams.   

"My thought at this point is that I'm not convinced that it's a safe enough road that it should be opened but we'll leave a final decision for when the public hearing occurs," he said.

The public meeting is on Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Palmer Ridge High School.



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