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Fillmore/I-25 interchange project begins affecting motorists

       The $15.1 million Fillmore/I-25 interchange project is going from talk to traffic impacts.
       Since Feb. 9, overnight lane closures have been occurring on Fillmore Street (restriping and barrier placement) as well as on the interstate (median barrier placement); also, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will have “shoulder closures on the ramps and I-25 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,” according to the CDOT website (http://codot.gov/projects/i25fillmore). A CDOT-provided "public information hotline" for the Fillmore project is 719-367-4884.
       “Later this year,” the website adds, the contractor, SEMA Construction Co., plans to close I-25 completely at night “to demolish the old bridge in phases,” the report adds. Information about such closures will be distributed "at least one week in advance," the website elaborates.
       The project is building a new overpass, extending the northbound on-ramp and southbound off-ramp, installing new traffic signals and lighting and adding bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways.
       The new interchange is expected to be open by summer 2016 and possibly sooner.
       Later this year, a separate CDOT project will start to replace the Cimarron/I-25 interchange. That work is expected to continue into 2017. So the two interchange projects will go on simultaneously for at least a year.
       “We're well aware of the upcoming reconstruction at the Cimarron Interchange and we'll be working closely with personnel from that project to make sure we don't have simultaneous closures on I-25 to minimize impacts to the traveling public,” comments CDOT resident engineer Mark Andrew in the CDOT website update.
       When complete, the bridge traffic on Fillmore will use a diverging diamond design in which traffic crosses to opposite sides at either end of the interchange. It will be the third such interchange like that in Colorado, the CDOT website states.
       Most of the Fillmore project funding is coming from the state Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) program, with the balance from local transportation funds.
       The current Fillmore bridge was built in 1959 as part of the original construction of I-25 through Colorado Springs. Plans to replace it had been in the works for more than a decade until the diverging diamond design emerged as far less expensive than a traditional design. Funding still remained elusive until CDOT started the competitive RAMP program last year.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/7/15, updated 2/14/15; Transportation: Fillmore/I-25)

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