Accelerated Construction to Temporarily Impact Travel Patterns at I-25/North Gate Boulevard Interchange
September 19, 2013 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - Partial closure scheduled to build North Gate interchange roundabouts.
Colorado Springs – A 19-day temporary travel pattern change at the Interstate 25-North Gate Boulevard interchange will allow the contractor expanding I-25 to rebuild the interchange faster than previously planned.
The travel pattern change is scheduled to take place 1:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 22 through 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 10. This temporary change will close the section of North Gate Boulevard between the ramps on the east and west sides of the interstate (see attached illustration). Without the temporary partial closure, construction would take about three months and would require multiple traffic shifts to give crews room to work around live traffic.
The following traffic patterns for vehicles on I-25 will not change during construction:
The following traffic patterns for vehicles on North Gate Boulevard will not change during construction:
Detours will be clearly marked during construction, which will impact the following traffic patterns:
The temporary change to travel patterns at the interchange will enable the contractor to accelerate construction of two roundabouts and complete most of the work necessary to reopen the interchange with minimal impacts to U.S. Air Force Academy activities. When construction is complete, the two existing loop ramps to eastbound and westbound North Gate Boulevard will be permanently removed. A third loop ramp from eastbound North Gate Boulevard to northbound I-25 also will be permanently removed.
“We understand this closure will temporarily inconvenience some drivers and businesses in the area,” said Dan Hunt, Colorado Department of Transportation manager for the @i25expansion Project, “but the short-term closure will result in long-term gains for the traveling public and local businesses.”
I-25 expansion construction is more than 40 percent complete. The contractor remains committed to its goal of opening the third traffic lane in each direction by Dec. 31, 2013 with full construction completion in July 2014, almost six months earlier than CDOT’s requirement of December 2014.
All work is subject to road and weather conditions.
More @i25expansion Project information is available by visiting www.southi25expansion.com. Call the project hotline at 719-247-8339 to have comments and questions addressed by the project team. To receive project updates via email or text, register at www.coloradodot.info and click on the green cellphone in the upper right corner of the page.