Cimarron Interchange Taking Shape

May 29, 2014 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - Public Invited to Review Plans during Next Week’s Open House

COLORADO SPRINGS – With plans for next year’s reconstruction and realignment of the Interstate 25/Cimarron interchange moving forward, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is inviting the public to view the new configuration and provide feedback about the project.

The open house is on Tuesday, June 3, at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa Street, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  A project overview and presentation begins at 5:45 p.m.  Speakers includeColorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tom Wrona, and El Paso County Public Services Director Jim Reid.

“This is an opportunity for the public to review and provide comment on the basic configuration, the aesthetic enhancements, and the trails and creek connections the stakeholder team has developed during the past six months,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Dave Watt. “Feedback from the open house will be provided to the contractor teams submitting construction proposals later this year.”

A contract is expected to be executed to the selected project team by the end of 2014, with construction set to begin in mid-2015.  Traffic is scheduled to be in its final configuration by July 2017.

“The I-25/Cimarron interchange project will enhance traffic operations and correct existing safety and design deficiencies of both the interchange and I-25,” added Watt. “The design also will serve the anticipated short- and long-term traffic demands in this area.”

More information about the I-25/Cimarron interchange can be found on the project website:

Arrangements for special ADA open house accommodations can be made by calling 719/302-6781 or by email: [email protected]

Project limits: The planned upgrades include rebuilding the I-25 interchange between Colorado Avenue on the north and South Nevada Avenue to the south. The U.S. 24 project boundaries are between 8th Street on the west and the Union Pacific-BNSF railroads joint line/Cimarron Street Bridge to the east.

This project does not include reconstruction of the U.S. 24/8th Street interchange. That project is independent and will follow the reconstruction of the I-25/Cimarron interchange. No funding source has been identified and no timeline has been established for the U.S. 24/8th Street interchange.