Students, alumni, campus leaders and city leaders celebrated the official ribbon-cutting of Clyde Way Friday with a nod to positive partnerships and future opportunities.
“It is a true win-win,” said Chancellor Venkat Reddy. “I call this road a dream way. Think of what could happen alongside this road for both our campus and this community. I hope that this road represents that it is critical for UCCS and Colorado Springs to come together to transform lives for this community.”
Construction of the road, named Clyde Way by UCCS students, was funded in part by UCCS and the City of Colorado Springs to help reduce traffic on Austin Bluffs Parkway and Nevada, two main entry points to the UCCS campus.
“Thank you to UCCS for its continued positive partnership with the City of Colorado Springs,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “We’ve had a great relationship for many many years, dating back to 1965. Just since I’ve been Mayor, things like the National Cybersecurity Center, things like this road, they’re examples of that partnership.”
Suthers said entry to campus is faster for students, faculty and staff, but the entire Colorado Springs community benefits from the road, which links the main UCCS campus to the Ent Center for the Arts, William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center and the Lane Center.
Both Suthers and Reddy thanked the many individuals who helped make the road a possibility. The following individuals are photographed in our featured photo from left to right:
- Jenifer Furda, UCCS director of partnerships and governmental affairs
- Caleb Hall, senator of the arts, UCCS Student Government Association
- Bob Cope, economic development manager of the city of Colorado Springs
- Wayne Williams, at-large Colorado Springs councilmember
- Stan VanderWerf, El Paso County commissioner
- Kent Marsh, associate vice chancellor of campus planning and facilities management
- UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy
- Rick Sonnenberg, Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority contract manager
- Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers
- Jeff Greene, Colorado Springs chief of staff
- Chuck Litchfield, UCCS vice chancellor for administration and finance
- Travis Easton, City of Colorado Springs public works director
- Brad Bayer, UCCS senior executive director of student life and assessment
“UCCS is committed to student success and community success. We are grateful for everything our community does for us,” Reddy said.