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Interchange project means no more left turns from/to Sinton Road at Fillmore Street

Workers with SEMA Construction (the Fillmore/I-25 project contractor) take down a street sign on the south side of Fillmore Street at Sinton Road in preparation for restriping Nov. 8 to eliminate left turns at that intersection.
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Left turns to and from Sinton Road at Fillmore Street were being eliminated in a project overseen by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Nov. 8 that temporarily marks the changes with road striping and placement of large barrels.
       A two-lane north-south street, Sinton comes up to a stop sign on either side of Fillmore (a four-lane road) just east of I-25's northbound on-/off-ramps. The markings/barrels are intended to prevent left turns from Fillmore and change Sinton's Fillmore access to what's known as “right-in/right-out.”
       Part of the continuing project to replace the old Fillmore interchange at I-25, the left-turn prohibitions are needed for safety reasons, stemming from increased traffic and the new interchange design, acccording to Ted Tjerandsen of CDOT. “We're at a point in the project where we have to shift traffic around,” he said.
       A median will be installed next year to replace the striping in the center of Fillmore, the press release adds. For the right-in/right-outs, raised islands will be put in later in November, Tjerandsen said.
       Also affected by the changes is Bus Route 14. It had already been realigned once this year - with two stops added temporarily on Sinton - in response to the sudden Chestnut bridge sinkhole that forced the street's closure at Vondelpark Drive in August. The latest bus route stays on Chestnut, forcing the elimination of the two Sinton stops. The new alignment detours around the sinkhole by way of neighborhood streets in Holland Park, according to Mountain Metropolitan Transit information.
       The closed Chestnut segment isn't due to reopen until next fall when a new bridge is built at the sinkhole site, city officials have said.
       The Fillmore/I-25 project started last February, with SEMA Construction as CDOT's contractor. The first of two new bridges at the interchange opened in September, and the second is being built this fall and winter.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 11/6/15, updated 11/8/15; Transportation: Fillmore/I-25)

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