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Contractors being sought for 2015-2017 Cimarron/I-25 project

       The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has begun soliciting “letters of Interest” for prospective contractors to build the new Cimarron/I-25 interchange.
       It will be a design-build contract, in which contractors start with a basic design from CDOT, then make adjustments in the field, as needed.
       A design-build approach was chosen for Cimarron/I-25 because it “optimizes project value, expedites project delivery by accelerating the construction schedule, recognizes contractor innovation [and] efficiently manages existing resources,” a CDOT press release states.
       A contract award is anticipated by the end of 2014. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2015, with traffic in its final configuration by July 2017, the release continues.
       The planned upgrades include rebuilding the I-25 interchange between Colorado Avenue on the north and South Nevada Avenue to the south. The purpose of the project is to “provide enhanced traffic operations and correct existing safety and design deficiencies of both the interchange and I-25,” the release adds.
       The total project cost is $95 million, with construction estimated between $65 and $85 million. Local funding is being provided by the City of Colorado Springs ($5 million) and El Paso County ($1 million).

From a press release