Local Kudo for SH 94 Project

Here's a highway you may not hear about too often, SH 94 east of Colorado Springs.  It runs for 93 miles, mostly straight as an arrow, from U.S. 24 on the east side of the Springs on to Arroyo in Cheyenne County.

This kudo concerns a project to resurface the westernmost 17 miles of the highway, from the U.S. 24 east to the community of Ellicott.  If you're thinking mostly a rural project, think again.

"It's a busy highway, especially at rush hours," noted CDOT Region 2 project engineer Steve Goure.  "People live out in the Ellicott, Yoder, and Rush areas but commute into Colorado Springs.  And Schreiver Air Force Base contributes to heavy traffic loads, as well."  Schreiver AFB is located about 10 miles east of Colorado Springs along SH 94.  As a result, much of the resurfacing was completed on weekends.

This project, which began on May 29 and will finish up this winter, involved fixing a cracked, 'alligatored' roadway surface that had been crack sealed several times in the past.  The first remedy was a 1.5" hot in place recycle, followed by a 2.5" asphalt mat.  "We added some turn lanes, rehabbed a bridge deck, and added new guard rail and bridge rail," Goure noted.  "We got a great smoothness report on the driving surface itself."

Local residents have taken notice.  Torris Keilers, who lives in Calhan, noted, "I would like to thank you for the new improvements along SH 94 from Colorado Springs to Ellicott.  It has needed some help for a while.  Thanks again."

The project's R2 resident engineer is Dave WattScott Brace, a longtime CDOT employee now working for Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the assistant project engineer.  Project inspector is Ryan Balchuck, who also works for Parsons and comes from a CDOT family (his mom Mary Balchuck works in the Region 2 Business Office at Pueblo).  Project designers are CDOT employees Bob Mora and James Sawaya.

The photo below shows the smooth new driving surface wide shoulders, and fresh striping, all under the watchful eye of spectacular Pikes Peak, America's Mountain, elevation 14,110', towering to the west.

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