Updates on Week of October 29: Improvements to Military Access, Mobility, and Safety Program by the Colorado Department of Transportation

    Colorado Springs – Construction on I-25, south of Colorado Springs, will shock and amaze you with its temporary closure of the northbound I-25 off-ramp at South Academy Boulevard on Friday night, November 3, from 8 p.m. to 9 a.m. You won’t believe your eyes as concrete paving takes center stage. Hold on tight because there will also be a mind-blowing northbound right lane closure at mile point 135.

    Prepare to have your mind blown as we reveal the full closure of the northbound I-25 off-ramp at South Academy Boulevard on Friday, November 3, from 8 p.m. to Saturday, November 4, 9 a.m. This closure will leave you in awe.

    But fear not, dear readers, for we have prepared detours that will leave you breathless. If you find yourself northbound and intending to exit at South Academy Boulevard, brace yourself for a journey of epic proportions. You will need to continue north to Lake Avenue/South Circle Drive (mile 138), where you will witness a turn of events like no other. You must turn around and re-enter I-25 south to mile 135. This detour will leave you on the edge of your seat.

    Prepare for visual stimulation as we present to you the detour map for the I-25 off-ramp closure at South Academy Boulevard. This masterpiece will leave you in awe of its intricate design and attention to detail. Feast your eyes upon it and let its magnificence wash over you.

    Now, let us journey into the depths of El Paso County – MAMSIP – South Academy Boulevard Widening Project. Brace yourself for the ongoing left lane closure on northbound and southbound South Academy Boulevard over Bradley Road. This closure will last for approximately five months, giving you plenty of time to contemplate its significance.

    But wait, there’s more! Witness the ongoing auxiliary lane closure on northbound South Academy Boulevard between Hartford Street and Fountain Creek. This closure will captivate you through mid-December, providing constant excitement and anticipation.

    Hold onto your hats as we unveil the shift of all lanes of Bradley Road under South Academy Boulevard. The anticipation is nearly unbearable as crews perform drilling for new caisson construction. Watch in awe as they work tirelessly to create something extraordinary.

    Caution is advised as these closures are subject to the unpredictable nature of weather. Stay on your toes and be prepared for anything.

    Let us now delve into the traffic impacts that will leave you speechless. Night work on I-25 between US 85/Fountain (mile 127) and South Academy Boulevard (mile 135) will leave you questioning reality. Brace yourself for a full closure of the northbound I-25 off-ramp at South Academy Boulevard. But that’s not all! Prepare yourself for a northbound I-25 right lane closure at mile point 135. It’s a rollercoaster of excitement that you won’t want to miss.

    The South Academy Boulevard Widening Project holds its own surprises. Prepare yourself for the ongoing northbound and southbound left lane closure at South Academy Boulevard over Bradley Road. This closure will keep you on your toes for approximately five months.

    But wait, there’s more! The northbound auxiliary lane closure on South Academy Boulevard between Hartford Street and Fountain Creek will keep you on the edge of your seat. This auxiliary lane closure will remain closed through mid-December, leaving you in suspense.

    Witness the shift of all lanes on Bradley Road to the north side of the roadway under the South Academy Boulevard bridge. It’s a sight that will leave you gasping for more.

    Prepare for the closure of the Fountain Creek Regional Trail under South Academy Boulevard. It’s an unexpected twist in this thrilling tale of construction.

    Now, let us explore the project overview that will leave you amazed. The Interstate-25 – Safety and Efficiency Improvements project is a marvel of engineering. It covers an approximately 7.5-mile segment of south I-25, starting at South Academy Boulevard and extending to the Santa Fe Avenue (U.S. 85/87) exit at Fountain (MP 128). Brace yourself for the replacement of two bridges, widening of both inside and outside shoulders, and safety improvements. Prepare for a concrete surface treatment overlay that will provide an improved riding surface. Witness the installation of a median barrier and the rehab and widening work on four bridges. But that’s not all! Prepare yourself for the installation of an I-25 southbound deceleration lane at the interchange with CO 16. It’s a project that will leave you in awe of its grandeur.

    But we’re not done yet! Let us now turn our attention to the South Academy Boulevard Widening Project. It’s a project that will reshape the road as we know it. Prepare for the widening of an approximately 1.5-mile section of South Academy Boulevard from two lanes to three in each direction. It’s a transformation that will alleviate recurring congestion and leave you marveling at its efficiency. Witness the improved drainage facilities, lighting, striping, and expanded shoulders. Prepare for modified merge lanes, sound walls, and bridgework. This project is expected to be complete by early 2026. It’s a journey you won’t want to miss.

    Safety is of utmost importance, and this project aims to make a significant impact. CDOT conducted a safety assessment to evaluate the magnitude and nature of safety problems. The improvements to I-25 and South Academy Boulevard are mitigation measures to reduce crashes and improve infrastructure. Over the next 20 years, this project is estimated to result in fewer deaths, injuries, and crashes. It’s a testament to the dedication of those involved in this grand endeavor.

    For project contact information, please refer to the provided details.

    Now, let’s uncover the Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvement Program Build Grant. It’s a program that aims to deliver more efficient and safer mobility along I-25, Colorado Highway 94, South Academy Boulevard, and Charter Oak Ranch Road. With an $18 million BUILD grant award, this program is set to transform the landscape and enable economic stability and development. Prepare yourself for improved access to the El Paso County military installations, including Fort Carson, Peterson Space Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station, and Schriever Space Force Base. It’s a program that will leave you speechless.

    As you embark on your journey, we urge you to “know before you go.” Stay informed about weather forecasts, travel impacts, and current road conditions. CDOT resources, including the COtrip App, will guide you on your path to a safe and enjoyable journey.

    Remember, safety is paramount. Slow down in work zones and obey the posted speed limits. Stay alert, watch for workers, and avoid distractions. Be patient and anticipate delays. By following these tips, you will ensure a safe and smooth journey.

    So, dear readers, download the COtrip App and embark on your adventure with confidence. Let the road be your guide as you explore the wonders of Colorado Springs and beyond. Bon voyage!

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