Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvement Program - Week of Aug. 22

Travel Advisory

August 19, 2022 - Southeastern Colorado - Nighttime ramp closures at Interstate-25 and Colorado Highway 16

Colorado Springs — The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor SEMA Construction will temporarily close southbound I-25 and CO 16 (Mesa Ridge Parkway) on- and off-ramps for paving activities. Ramp closures are scheduled 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly, Wednesday, August 24 through Friday, August 26 and Sunday, August 28 through Thursday, September 1.  

Use signed detour route. Fort Carson personnel should consider using alternate gates.

Head-to-head traffic is still in place on I-25, separated by temporary barrier with 11 ft. lanes and 2 ft. shoulders. The new traffic configuration will be in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Normal working hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. The speed limit in this area has been reduced to 55 MPH. Slight traffic delays are expected and motorists are urged to use extra caution while traveling in the new traffic pattern. Fines will be double through the construction zone.
In addition, on Thursday night, August 25, there will be a right lane closure on northbound I-25 (between Mile Point 127 – 131) for guardrail repair. 
A Courtesy Patrol will be driving the work zone and will respond to incidents when notified. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and holidays. 

Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

I-25 between South Academy Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue in Colorado Springs

Traffic Impacts

Southbound I-25 /CO 16

  • Wednesday, August 24 through Friday, August 26, and Sunday, August 28 through Thursday, September 1, 7 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. nightly, ramp closures at southbound I-25 and CO 16/Mesa Ridge Parkway (MP 132) so construction crews can perform concrete paving work.
  • A traffic switch is currently in place from S. Academy Blvd. and CO 16. Use extreme caution, speed limit 55 MPH.

Northbound I-25 (between MP 127-131)

  • Thursday night, August 25, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., right lane closure for guardrail repair.

Project Overview

The improvements to I-25 addressed in this project are located along an approximately 7.5-mile segment of south I-25 beginning at S. Academy Blvd. and extending to the Santa Fe Ave. (CO 85/87) exit at Fountain (MP 128), which exits to Gate 19 of Fort Carson. The project includes:

  • Replacement of two bridges crossing over S. Academy Blvd.
  • Widening of both inside and outside shoulders and installing safety improvements
  • Concrete surface treatment overlay to provide an improved riding surface
  • Installation of median barrier
  • Rehab and widening work on four bridges 
  • Installation of an I-25 southbound deceleration lane at the interchange with Colorado Highway 16

Safety Benefits

CDOT conducted a safety assessment for the corridor to evaluate the magnitude and nature of safety problems and analyze the causes of crashes. These transportation improvements are mitigation measures to reduce crashes, improve infrastructure, and address physical deficiencies that contribute to crashes in the corridor. Over the next twenty years, the project is estimated to result in fewer deaths, injuries, and crashes on the four MAMSIP corridors.

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

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.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • 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!

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