Paving Set to Start near Fort Carson

June 22, 2012 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - COLORADO SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins rotomilling and paving Interstate 25 in the Fort Carson area on Sunday night, June 24.

In addition to resurfacing, the project includes bridge deck repairs, new guardrail, signing and striping.

CDOT is upgrading two segments of I-25: A 3.2-mile section just south of Fountain and a 3.4-mile section, beginning just south of South Academy Boulevard and continuing to just north of the Circle Drive/Lake Avenue Interchange.

In addition to guardrail installation, work over the next couple of weeks consists of rotomilling and paving the ramps at the Circle Drive/Lake Avenue and S. Academy Boulevard interchanges. Single lane closures on the ramps should be expected.

When paving begins on I-25, drivers can expect a single lane closure on northbound or southbound I-25, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.  The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph and vehicles wider than 12 feet will not be allowed through the work zone during project hours.  Traffic slowing and delays should be anticipated.

After the Fourth of July, CDOT will rehabilitate the South Academy Boulevard overpass.  Since the work requires removing the bridge deck, a 24/7 lane closure will be required for a couple of weeks to construct a new deck on the northbound and southbound bridges.  CDOT will be distributing additional information before this phase of the project begins.

“I-25’s surface life in this area is rated in fair to poor condition, with a minimal usable service life remaining,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Dave Watt.  “With the amount of traffic traveling this stretch every day, it’s a much-needed improvement.  It’s been more than 10 years since I-25 was resurfaced along this stretch.”

The $8 million project, contracted to Schmidt Construction of Colorado Springs, Colo. is scheduled for completion in October 2012.

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