Watch out for those cones!

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Trying to get to work?

"Not so fast," those lines of orange cones seem to say. Most of us have deep-seated hate for road projects. And yet, without these upgrades, we wouldn't have any roads. Which means, until we develop the flying car, we're just going to have to live with the delays. Or avoid them.

With the latter in mind, I bring you the following two press releases. Read them, and avoid the snarls:

#1 Platte Avenue. Snarls coming Monday.

Platte Ave. Safety Improvements Require
Temporary Lane and Street Closures


Construction of safety improvements along a section of Platte Ave. through central Colorado Springs is scheduled to begin Monday, August 29, 2011. Work will close the outside lanes of Platte Ave. and adjacent portions of intersecting side streets (Meade, Farragut, Logan, Foote, and Sheridan).

Construction will start on the south side of Platte Ave. The outside, eastbound lane and access to intersecting side streets will be closed for about five to six weeks. Work will then move to the north side of Platte Ave. with the outside, westbound lane and access to intersecting side streets closed for an additional five to six weeks. Sidewalks and pedestrian access will also be locally affected.

In addition, construction of storm drain improvements will require the complete closure of Platte Ave. to through traffic on three Saturdays (9/10, 9/17, 9/24). The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of November 2011. All scheduling is weather dependant.

Throughout the process, local access to intersecting side streets will be maintained from the end of the street away from the construction. On-street parking may be impacted by staged construction equipment.

Motorists should pay attention to message boards in the area that will warn of traffic changes, and plan alternate routes accordingly.
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#2 Fillmore Street. Snarls coming at unspecified time. Public invited to comment on snarls.

Fillmore Street Improvements Design Open House

The City of Colorado Springs will present its recent design progress and planned schedule to improve traffic flow on Fillmore Street between Interstate 25 and Sage Street at a public open house on August 30. The open house will be held at the Coronado High School Cafeteria located at 1590 West Fillmore Street from 5:00 pm to 6:30 p.m., with a short presentation at 5:30 p.m. Project history and purpose, benefits of the refined design concept and the project schedule will be presented.

This stretch of Fillmore is congested and has queuing problems at the I-25 ramps during peak traffic hours. These challenges are expected to worsen in the future as traffic volumes increase. A refined design layout has been developed to address the congestion and queuing issues for this location.

The Fillmore Street Improvement project is a Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority “A list” project planned for construction in the 2012/2013 timeframe. The public is encouraged to review and comment on the refined design concept planned for construction. If you cannot attend the open house, the information will be posted on springsgov.com at http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4076 (will be updated with open house materials as finalized).
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