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US 24, 8th Street to Manitou Springs, resurfacing project to pave 21st Street intersection

May 15, 2020 - Southestern Colorado

Colorado Springs – CDOT and contractor Hamilton Construction, will pave the intersection of US 24 / 21st Street from Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Motorists will encounter alternating lane closures, turn lane closures and should anticipate delays.

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, work on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s safety-critical construction projects has been adjusted. Daytime hours will provide a safer work zone for crews in light of the reduced traffic volumes.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

  • Tuesday, May 19 - The northside of the intersection, along with turn lanes at 21st Street, will have westbound single lane closures throughout the day. Motorists will not be able to access 21st Street heading north on US 24

  • Wednesday, May 20 - Paving will occur in the middle lanes/middle section of the intersection at 21st Street with alternating single lane closures throughout the day

  • Thursday, May 21 - The southside of the intersection, along with turn lanes at 21st Street, will have eastbound, single lane closures throughout the day. Motorists will not be able to access 21st Street heading south on US 24

  • Temporary striping will be conducted immediately. Permanent striping is scheduled for the week of May 26. 

Alternative routes are suggested during the course of the work. Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather or unforeseen circumstances.

The project team anticipates to have all work east of 31st Street done and be substantially complete by Memorial Day. Punch list items west of 31st Street are expected through early June.

PROJECT INFORMATION
CDOT crews improved nearly 10 miles of US 24 in El Paso County from 8th Street to west of Manitou Springs. The work consists of milling and paving, extending the turn lane at 21st Street and US 24, replacing guardrail, repairing at least four bridge structures, bridge scour prevention, improving drainage and adding erosion control. 

STAY CONNECTED

Project Hotline: 719-628-8028

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.codot.gov/projects/us-24-ute-pass-improvements

COVID-19

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, road maintenance and construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoMyPartCO by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home when possible and avoiding nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently an safely. 

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and 

construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.

  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.

  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.

  • Be patient!

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

ABOUT CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.  

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