Colorado Springs – The Colorado Department of Transportation and SEMA Construction are continuing work on various improvements to I-25 between South Academy Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue (Mile Point 135-127). As part of the I-25 Improvement Project, southbound I-25 traffic will be temporarily moved, between South Academy Boulevard and Mesa Ridge Parkway, to a new alignment in late May/early June.
Expect nighttime activity Wednesday and Thursday, northbound and southbound I-25 left lane closures between MP 127 and 135 to allow crews to access the median, perform paving operations , install traffic direction signs and install rumble strips.
Signaling operations will continue on Charter Oak Ranch Road with alternate shoulder and lane closures and alternate one-way traffic operations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The closures are necessary for trucks to safely access the site and to allow crews to work on the drainage system and roadway construction. The Charter Oak Ranch Road traffic change to the new alignment is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 17.
Crews have begun fiber optic work on Colorado Highway 94’s new off-line jug handle. Construction crews will work on the embankment at the southeast corner of CO 94 and Blaney Road. Lane closures are expected to begin in the coming weeks.
A courtesy patrol will patrol the work area and respond to incidents when notified. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and holidays.
Traffic speeds will be reduced to allow construction machinery to access the work area located in the embankment. DO NOT FOLLOW CONSTRUCTION VEHICLES.
Motorists are encouraged to sign up for SMS alerts by texting MAMSIP to 888-970-9665.
Construction schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.
I-25 between MP 127 and 135
- Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., left lane closed on I-25 southbound to allow crews access to median, install switch signs.
- From Wednesday, May 18 through Thursday, May 19, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., the left lane on northbound I-25 will be closed for crews to install rumble strips and level S. Academy Blvd. ramp in preparation for the switch.
Santa Fe Avenue and Charter Oak Ranch Road
- Signaling operations with intermittent shoulder closures continue on Charter Oak Ranch Road and Santa Fe Avenue from Monday, May 16 through Saturday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to allow crews to work safely on the traffic system. drainage and earthworks. A shift in traffic to the final route should take place on Tuesday, May 17.
Colorado Highway 94
- Lane closures are expected to begin in the coming weeks.
Interstate-25 – Safety and Efficiency Improvements
The I-25 improvements addressed in this project are located along an approximately 7.5 mile segment of the corridor beginning at South Academy Boulevard and extending to the Santa Fe Avenue exit (CO 85/ 87) to Fountain (MP 128), which exits at Gate 19 of Fort Carson.
- Replacement of two bridges crossing South Academy Boulevard;
Widening of inner and outer shoulders and installation of safety improvements;
- Concrete surface treatment overlay 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 of four bridges along the corridor, and
- Installation of the I-25 southbound deceleration lane at the interchange with Colorado Highway 16.
Safety improvements relate to the possibility of reducing accidents, improving infrastructure and addressing physical deficiencies that contribute to accidents in the corridor. CDOT conducted a corridor safety assessment to assess the extent and nature of safety issues and to analyze the causes of accidents.
The proposed transportation improvements are mitigation measures to reduce collisions and improve safety in the corridor. It is estimated that the delivery of the MAMSIP project, over its twenty years of operation, will result in fewer fatalities, injuries and accidents in the four corridors affected by the project.
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Remember: slow for the cone area
The following tips are intended to help you stay safe when traveling through maintenance and construction work areas.
- Do not accelerate in work zones. Obey posted speed limits.
- Stay alert! Expect the unexpected.
- Watch the workers. Drive with caution.
- Do not change lanes unnecessarily.
- Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving through work areas.
- Turn on the headlights so workers and other drivers can see you.
- Be especially vigilant at night when driving through work areas.
- Expect delays, especially during peak hours.
- Leave enough space between you and the car in front of you.
- Anticipate lane changes and merge when prompted.
- Be patient!
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