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Midland Trail underpass to ATB Park to close permanently; interchange-related detour to begin

A map shows the Midland Trail detour, as planned by the Colorado Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Cimarron/I-25 interchange project. Note that in the map north is not up but to the right.
Courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation
Editor's note: This article, originally posted July 9 based on a press release that used information from the Cimarron/I-25 contractor, stated that the Midland Trail I-25 underpass into America the Beautiful Park would be permanently closed July 20 as part of the Cimarron interchange replacement project.
       However, work plans slipped. A sign was posted at the underpass July 20 stating that the closure would be July 27. Then on July 24 the Westside Pioneer was told by a project spokesperson that the closure would occur later than that, though no new date had been determined. But it was likely to happen by mid-August, the spokesperson indicated.
       UPDATE JULY 31: The closure has been rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 3, according to a press release, which also states: "Signed and clearly marked Midland Trail detour routes will be in place for users to navigate around the closure."

       The closure of the underpass segment is the first stage of a previously announced reroute plan.
       A temporary detour will use Walnut Street and Colorado Avenue, according to a press release and map provided by the contractor, Kraemer/TSH, and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
       The final route, to be built as part of the recently started Cimarron/I-25 project, will place the trail under the new interchange and follow the north bank of Fountain Creek. Based on comments from locals involved in planning interchange amenities, CDOT believes that the new route will be more aesthetically pleasing.
       “The permanent closure of this trail access under I-25 is a necessary first step to some of the key improvements coming with this project,” said Dave Watt, CDOT project director. “Once constructed, the new trail configuration will align closer to Fountain Creek and will provide a better experience for trail users overall. We ask that trail users be patient with the trail detour, as the long-term improvements will be a great benefit to the community.”
       The access to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail off Colorado Avenue will remain open, a press release states, and “signed, clearly marked Midland Trail detour routes will be in place for users to navigate around the closure until the new trail configuration opens in summer 2017.”
       All construction schedules are weather-dependent, the release adds.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 7/9/15, updated 7/31/15; Transportation Cimarron/I-25)

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