UPDATE: I-25 closure coming Saturday night

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Oh look, even more reasons to avoid I-25 this weekend:

Lane closures on I-25 for Highway 85 Bridge Work

FOUNTAIN — On Thursday, Nov. 12 and Sunday, Nov. 15, northbound and southbound Interstate 25 will be reduced to one lane between the South Academy Boulevard exit and Lake Avenue/Circle Drive exit for repairs on the U.S. 85 overpass.

Work hours are 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Drivers should anticipate slower speeds and watch for flaggers directing traffic through the construction zone.
For project updates, please email elpasocountyproject@gmail.com or call the project hotline at 719.239.5562.

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects also is available at cotrip.org, by calling 511 or via subscription e-mail or text. To subscribe, please visit www.codot.gov and click on the small letter icon at the bottom of the page. The link takes you to a list of items you can subscribe to, including Southeast Colorado (Everything East of I-25 and South of I-70). 


——- ORIGINAL POST, TUESDAY, 3:28 P.M. ——-

A while back, I had the distinct displeasure of getting stuck on I-225 when it was partially closed for construction.

Along with what I can only presume was every other motorist in the Denver Metro Area, I was detoured onto back streets with really confusing signage (get in this lane to get on I-25 South, just kidding, get in this lane). I'm easily lost, so I ended up on the phone with my mom, trying to figure out the best route through the mess. That's when I was pulled over by a police officer — in the pouring rain, no less — for a broken tail light. Once I explained that I was lost, that I had been stuck in traffic for over an hour, that the stupid tail light bulb had just been changed a week ago, and that this was my wedding anniversary, the cop actually felt bad for me. I ended up following him until he led me back to I-25.

Sorry about the detour, allow me get to the point: Getting stuck on a closed Interstate is THE WORST. That's why I want to save you from this awful fate. This Saturday, starting at 9 p.m. lanes will begin closing on I-25 between the U.S. 24/Cimarron Street and Nevada Avenue/Tejon Street exits. The stretch will be completely closed by 11 p.m. and will stay that way until 6 a.m. Sunday. Do yourself a favor and avoid it.


I-25 Overnight Full Closure Scheduled for I-25/Cimarron Project this weekend

Colorado Springs – Northbound and southbound Interstate 25 will be closed between the U.S. 24/Cimarron and south Nevada Avenue/south Tejon Street interchanges from 11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 until 6 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 15. Lane closures begin at 9 p.m., Saturday. This closure is necessary to allow Colorado Springs Utilities to relocate overhead power lines as part of the project work. Motorists will be directed to exit at Nevada Avenue and Cimarron Street during the closure. Officers from the Colorado Springs Police Department and Colorado State Patrol will be present at detour locations to help direct traffic.

TRAFFIC DETOURS:

· Southbound I-25: drivers will take Exit 141 (Cimarron St./U.S. 24), and go east on Cimarron St. to Nevada Ave., and south on Nevada Ave. to I-25.

· Northbound I-25: drivers will take Exit 140 (Nevada Ave./Tejon St.), and go north on Nevada Ave. to Cimarron St., and west on Cimarron St. to I-25.


Motorists are advised to follow the clearly marked detour signs. I-25 will reopen to traffic by 6 a.m., Sun., Nov. 15. Work is weather dependent and subject to change.

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PROJECT INFORMATION: The $113 million I-25/Cimarron Interchange Design-Build Project involves rebuilding the I-25 interchange between Colorado Avenue on the north and South Nevada Avenue to the south, 8th Street on the west and the Cimarron Street bridge over Fountain Creek on the east. Improvements are intended to provide enhanced operations, correct existing safety and design deficiencies, and to serve the anticipated short- and long-term travel demands in this area. When complete, this will be a high-functioning interchange that safely handles more vehicles and enhances multi-modal travel for those using I-25, US 24/Cimarron Street and the trail system along Monument and Fountain creeks. Substantial completion is planned for fall 2017.

For updated project information, visit http://www.codot.gov/projects/i25cimarronDB, call 719-302-6781 or email dot_i25cimarron@state.co.us.

To receive real-time updates about road conditions in your area, visit www.codot.gov and click on the green cell phone icon in the upper right hand corner of the page. Information about weekly lane closures will be available at www.codot.gov/travel/scheduled-lane-closures.html. Live road conditions are available at www.cotrip.org, downloading the CDOT Mobile app or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and be sure to “Like” our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/coloradodot

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