Program to Improve Military Access, Mobility and Security – Week of July 25 – | Hot Mobile Press

Colorado Springs – The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor SEMA Construction will proceed with a temporary southbound eastbound relocation of I-25 to the newly constructed interior lanes from Colorado Highway 16 (Mesa Ridge Parkway) to Santa Fe Avenue, beginning Saturday, March 30. July, beginning at 7 a.m. Modal shift The construction process depends on the weather and can change. Traffic on I-25 will be direct, separated by a temporary barrier with 11-foot lanes and 2-foot hard shoulders.

Phase 1 of the I-25 traffic switch (between South Academy Boulevard and CO 16) was completed in June, and the next phase shift to the newly constructed lanes on southbound I-25 between CO 16 and Santa Fe Avenue will be in the week to be completed by July 25th. The entire traffic counter configuration is between S. Academy Blvd. and Santa Fe Ave. It will be in place through February 2023 to allow construction of the new southbound lanes with concrete that will have increased strength and durability.
Commuters on I-25 between MP 131 and 127 will alternate closing left and right lanes northbound Thursday night to allow construction crews to replace end anchors and again Friday night when crews adjust traffic to the new configuration.

Motorists should be aware of the new southbound ramp configuration off S. Academy Blvd. and a new south-west exit configuration to CO 16 with the Phase 1 traffic switch, I-25. Motorists should also be aware that the upcoming traffic change will encounter a new southbound onramp onto I-25 from CO 16 and a new southbound onramp onto Santa Fe Ave. This traffic switch will place two access points to I-25 for emergency responders between Colorado 16 and Santa Fe. The new traffic configuration will be in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Normal working hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The speed limit in this area has been reduced to 55 MPH. Slight traffic delays are expected and drivers are urged to exercise extra caution when driving in the new traffic pattern. Fines are doubled by the construction zone.
A courtesy patrol will drive the work zone and respond to incidents when notified. Opening times are Monday to Friday and public holidays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Striping operations on Charter Oak Ranch Road will continue Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with alternating lane closures and alternating one-way traffic. Santa Fe Boulevard and the intersection of Charter Oak Ranch Road will remain closed and a diversion will be in place to allow crews to proceed with earthworks, base course, curb and gutter, and drainage work. Be extremely careful in this area.

The closure will remain in place at the intersection of Colorado Highway 94 and North Blaney Road, with traffic diverted onto North Curtis Road while construction crews begin work at the Jug Handle intersection. The diversion will remain in place until early fall. Motorists traveling on the CO 94 are advised to watch out for motorists turning onto the CO 94 from South Blaney Road. Landfill vehicles using the Waste Management facility will use Curtis Road to access the landfill via the Davis Road detour and then south on North Blaney Road. North Blaney Road access to CO 94 is closed.

Ongoing traffic shift with eastbound right lane closure and westbound turn lane closure on CO 94 with head-to-head traffic between MP 6 and MP 8 to allow crews the necessary space to carry out earthworks for the widening of CO 94 and to enter the new Jug Handle junction. There is a shift in traffic. Be extremely careful, speed limit 50 MPH.
Construction times are weather dependent and subject to change.

Map of I-25 between CO 16 and Santa Fe Avenues in Colorado Springs

impact on traffic

I-25 between MP 127 and 135

  • Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. night, alternating right and left SB lane closures on I-25 between MP 127 through 131 to allow construction crews to switch traffic.
  • A traffic switch is currently in place from S. Academy Blvd. and CO 16. Use extreme caution, speed limit 55 MPH.

Santa Fe Avenue and Charter Oak Ranch Road

  • Flag operations, alternating lane closures and alternating one-way traffic, will continue on Charter Oak Ranch Road and Santa Fe Avenue Monday, July 25 through Friday, July 29 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to allow crews to complete earthworks, baseway and the curb can continue and gutter as well as drainage installation. Be extremely careful in this area.

Colorado Highway 94

  • Monday 25 July to Friday 29 July right lane EB closure and turning lane WB closure on CO 94 at MP 6 through 8 to allow crews to conduct earthworks for the widening of CO 94 and the new Jug Handle crossing.
  • There is a full road closure on North Blaney Road. Vehicles cannot access North Blaney Road from CO 94 or CO 94 from North Blaney Road. This closure will remain in place until early fall.
  • There is a shift in traffic. Be extremely careful, speed limit 50 MPH.

Project overview

Interstate-25 safety and efficiency improvements

The improvements to I-25 addressed in this project are located along an approximately 7.5 mile section of the corridor beginning at South Academy Boulevard and continuing to the Santa Fe Avenue (CO 85/87) exit at Fountain (MP 128 ) that departs to Gate 19 of Fort Carson.

  • Replacement of two bridges crossing South Academy Boulevard
  • Widening the inner and outer shoulders and installing safety upgrades
  • Concrete surface treatment pad to provide an improved riding surface for this 7.5 mile segment
  • Installation of a median barrier along the entire length of this corridor
  • Rehabilitation and widening works on four bridges along the corridor
  • Installation of the I-25 southbound delay lane at the intersection with Colorado Highway 16

Accessible from Interstate 25 via Santa Fe Avenue (Colorado Highway 85), Charter Oak Ranch Road is the only access to Gate 19 of Fort Carson, the area’s largest employer. Project improvements include:

  • improve infrastructure
  • Improve connectivity and efficiency for Charter Oak Ranch Road, the access point to Fort Carson’s Gate 19 from the I-25 corridor

Colorado Highway 94

Safety and efficiency improvements through the addition of passing lanes, turn lanes, roadway widening, and the installation of fiber optics on CO 94 connecting Schriever Space Force Base to Peterson Space Fore Base and downtown Colorado Springs.

security benefits

The CDOT conducted a corridor safety assessment to assess the extent and nature of safety issues and to analyze the causes of accidents. These transportation improvements are mitigation measures to reduce accidents, improve infrastructure, and address physical deficiencies that contribute to corridor accidents. Over the next twenty years, the project is expected to result in fewer deaths, injuries and accidents on the four MAMSIP corridors.

Project map of the program to improve military access, mobility and security

project information

More information about this project:

Know before you go

Travelers are urged to “know before you travel.” Gather information about weather forecasts and expected travel impacts and current road conditions before setting off. CDOT resources include:

Remember: slow for the cone zone

The following tips are designed to help you travel safely through maintenance and construction work.

  • Do not accelerate in work areas. Observe the posted speed limits.
  • Stay alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch out for workers. Drive carefully.
  • Don’t change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work areas.
  • Turn on your headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be extra vigilant at night when driving in work areas.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane changes and drive together when prompted.
  • Be patient!

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