Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvement Program - Week of July 10

Travel Advisory

July 12, 2022 - Southeastern Colorado - Southbound Interstate 25 lane closures for continued work on traffic switch

Colorado Springs — As part of the work being performed by the Colorado Department of Transportation and SEMA Construction, motorists will encounter nighttime work Thursday and Friday night with alternating right and left lane closures on northbound and southbound I-25 (Mile Point 127 to 131) located between CO 16 and Santa Fe Avenue. These closures are required to construct the crossover for the completion of the traffic switch from Academy Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue.

There will be daytime mobile closures on Wednesday for guardrail repair and alternating left and right lane closures for shoulder work on northbound and southbound I-25 (MP 127 – 131).

The traveling public should be aware as they will encounter a new southbound on-ramp configuration from South Academy Boulevard and a new southbound to westbound off-ramp configuration to Colorado Highway 16 with the I-25 traffic switch. This traffic switch will be in place through early 2023 to allow for the construction of the new southbound lanes with concrete pavement that will provide increased stability and durability.

Flagging operations will continue on Charter Oak Ranch Road with alternating lane closures and alternating one-way traffic operations Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Santa Fe Boulevard and Charter Oak Ranch Road intersection will remain closed and a detour in place so construction crews can continue earthwork on the base course, curb and gutter, and drainage installation. Use extreme caution in the area.

The full closure remains in place at the intersection of Colorado Highway 94 and North Blaney Road with traffic detoured to North Curtis Road as construction crews start work on the Jug Handle intersection. The detour will remain in place until mid-summer. On-going traffic shift with a right lane closure eastbound and turn lane closure westbound on CO 94 with head-to-head traffic, between MP 6 to MP 8 to allow crews the necessary room to perform earthwork activities for the widening of CO 94 and the new Jug Handle intersection. A traffic shift is in place. Use extreme caution, speed limit 50 MPH.

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.

Traffic Impacts

I-25 between MP 127 and 135

  • Wednesday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Mobile single lane closures on northbound and southbound I-25 (MP 127 – 131) for guardrail repair
  • Thursday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Alternating right and left lane closure on northbound and southbound I-25 (MP 127 – 131) for shoulder work
  • Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday, July 15, 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Alternating right and left lane closure on northbound and southbound I-25 (MP 127 – 131) so construction crews can construct the crossover for the additional upcoming lane shift
  • A traffic shift is in place. Use extreme caution, speed limit 55 MPH

Santa Fe Avenue and Charter Oak Ranch Road

  • Flagging operations with alternating lane closures and alternating one-way traffic continues on Charter Oak Ranch Road and Santa Fe Avenue Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., to allow crews to continue earthwork on the base course, curb and gutter, and drainage installation. Use extreme caution in the area

Colorado Highway 94

  • Monday, July, 11 to Friday, July 15, right lane closure eastbound and turn lane closure westbound on CO 94 at MP 6 to 8, to allow crews to perform earthwork activities for the widening of CO 94 and the new Jug Handle intersection
  • A full closure is in place on North Blaney Road. Vehicles will not be able to access North Blaney Road from CO 94 or access CO 94 from North Blaney Road. This closure will remain in place through early fall
  • A traffic shift is in place. Use extreme caution, speed limit 50 MPH

Project Overview

Interstate-25 – Safety and efficiency improvements

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

  • Replacement of two bridges crossing over South Academy Boulevard;
  • Widening of both inside and outside shoulders and installing safety improvements; 

  • Concrete surface treatment overlay to provide an improved riding surface for this 7.5-mile segment;
  • Installation of median barrier the entire length of this corridor; 

  • Rehab and widening work on four bridges along the corridor, and 

  • Installation of I-25 Southbound deceleration lane at the interchange with Colorado Highway 16.

Charter Oak Ranch Road 

  • Accessible off Interstate 25 via Santa Fe Avenue (Colorado Highway 85) and is the only access to Gate 19 of Fort Carson, the region’s largest employer. Project improvements include:
    • Improve infrastructure
    • Enhance connectivity and efficiency for Charter Oak Ranch Road, the entry point to Fort Carson’s Gate 19 from the I-25 corridor

Colorado Highway 94

  • Safety and efficiency improvements with the addition of passing lanes, turn lanes, road widening and the installation of fiber on CO 94, which connects Schriever Space Force Base with Peterson Space Fore Base and central Colorado Springs.


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.

Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvement Program map

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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