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Open house for Fillmore/I-25 project Feb. 5

       An open house for the planned replacement of the Fillmore/I-25 interchange will be Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.
       The location will be the Pikes Peak Workforce Center in El Paso County's Citizen Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 1107.
       “The open house will have displays for viewing and project team members will be on hand to answer questions,” a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) press release states.
       “Work on the project is expected to begin by this summer,” the release adds. Previous CDOT engineering estimates had suggested groundbreaking as early as April, but the funding process for the $11 million project "took longer than anticipated," CDOT project manager Don Garcia explained Jan. 30.
       The Fillmore/I-25 project will be one of the first in Colorado to use the relatively new diverging diamond interchange designs, which avoids the need for left-turn signals at on-ramps.
       “The purpose of the project is to improve safety and traffic flow to meet existing and future travel demands,” the release also states.
       The current interchange is over a half-century old, built at a time when there was little development in that part of Colorado Springs. The project will include ramp-lengthening.
       Engineers have previously said that the construction will take 14 to 16 months, with lanes kept open to bridge traffic during that time.       

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/30/14)