Colorado Springs has received permission from the state Department of Transportation to install temporary signage promoting the city as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee on the entryway signs along Interstate 25.
“Is there a possibility he could override that decision?” Bach asked the June 13 council meeting, generating a few laughs.
“I’ll be there at 10:30. If you can give me some background, I’ll carry that message.”
He did indeed.
After the meeting, Hickenlooper or someone from his office called CDOT and asked that it work with the city of Colorado Springs to allow the temporary signs, city spokesman John Leavitt said.
At the urging of Councilwoman Lisa Czelatdko, the city decided to install temporary signs along I-25 promoting the city as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee before the U.S. Women’s Open, which starts July 4, and other big events this summer.
“We’ve got the green light from CDOT,” Leavitt said.
There’s just one catch.
The Partnership for Community Design, not the city, owns the entryway signs, so the city is waiting for the partnership’s OK to install temporary signs on the entryway signs.
The north entryway sign currently has a temporary sign stating that Colorado Springs is the home of the U.S. Women’s Open. The city wants to replace that sign and also install one on the entryway feature coming from the south.
“The partnership is currently considering that request,” Leavitt said. “They own the sign, so we need their permission.”
In other USOC-related news:
Work is underway to paint a mural that looks more like a billboard on the roof of a downtown building facing I-25.
“That mural is moving along, and we hope to have that done by this time next week,” Leavitt said.
Lamar Advertising has donated two billboards for the city to promote itself as the home of the USOC. The city wanted to use the design from the mural, which features Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, for the billboards. But Leavitt said the USOC “kind of balked” at that request.
“I think that they felt that that design was specially designed with that urban building in mind,” he said.
The USOC is working with Vladimir Jones, which designed the mural, to develop an “approved design” for the billboards as well as recycling bins throughout downtown.
“We definitely trust that they’re going to find something that’s going to be attractive and pretty and impactful and all of that,” Leavitt said.