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Highway 24 closures tough on some residents

By Dana Molina, Multimedia Journalist/Telemundo Anchor, dana.molina@krdo.com
Published On: Jul 17 2014 08:45:28 PM CDT

The Highway 24 closures have been a barrier for residents of a neighborhood just north of the road.

MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. -

The Highway 24 closures have been a barrier for residents of a neighborhood just north of the road.

The Colorado Department of Transportation closes Highway 24 between Cave of the Winds and Cascade, every time there is a risk of flash flooding. Those closures have left some residents feeling trapped.

"You can't go anywhere," John Kostelecky said. "If there's a rainstorm coming and you have plans, it's like a 50/50 chance of making it."

Kostelecky's home and nearly a dozen others sit north of Highway 24. There is a road between the Manitou Cliff Dwellings exit and the Cave of the Winds exit that lets them in and out. Currently, the road, through Highway 24, is their only access into the neighborhood.

Up until recently, residents could exit through a back way, on Alpine Trail. It eventually becomes Canon Avenue. But it is currently blocked off, while workers make repairs.

Kostelecky and his neighbors will have to deal with the closures until the work is finished. He said he understands.

"I'm honestly glad that they do do it," he said. "Because it shows that (officials) care about people's safety versus convenience."

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