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Demolition northwest of Cimarron/I-25 preparing for interchange project later in year

       In preparation for the Cimarron/I-25 interchange project later this year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has begun tearing down “approximately five structures, a few pole barns, sheds and two billboards,” a press release states.
       The work, which can be seen from the road, is just northwest of the current interchange. CDOT had previously bought the properties and worked with the owners of businesses that had been there in relocating them.
       The project will take 30 to 45 days, ending when the debris is cleared away and the area graded, according to a quote from CDOT Resident Engineer Dave Watt in the press release, dated Feb. 4.
       The space is needed because the new interchange will be built “approximately 40 feet further to the west,” he said.
       No date has been announced yet for the start of the actual interchange work - which is expected to last about two years - nor has a contractor been hired.
       The demo is the second such project by CDOT this winter. Starting in November, the former Express Inn southwest of the interchange was torn down. Originally purchased by CDOT as right of way for a future rebuild of the Eighth and Cimarron intersection - as yet unfunded - the roughly 5-acre site will be available for the interchange project as an equipment staging area, Watt said.
       The Express Inn debris has been set into numerous piles and “is being removed, with final grading to be completed in the next few weeks,” the release adds.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/5/15; Transportation: Cimarron/I-25)

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