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Construction activity is evident in the area around the temporary northbound on-ramp for the Cimarron/I-25 interchange.
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Cimarron/I-25: 2 ramps in new alignments; more lanes, length yet to come

A view looking west shows the fenced-off segment of Highway 24/Cimarron Street east of I-25 that is being demolished as part of the continuing interchange project (and note the portion behind the nearest fence that is already gone). The removal is in conjunction with upgrades to the east-west street and its slight realignment to the south. Also visible in the photo are a few of the recently installed piers for the easterly half of the interstate bridge over Cimarron, as well as the new points at which the southbound (right) and northbound off-ramps come up to the street.
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As part of the continued multi-tasking on the Cimarron/I-25 interchange replacement project, the new alignment of the northbound and southbound off-ramps opened to motorists in early January.
       Don Garcia of Wilson & Company (consultant to project contractor Kraemer North America) said the only problem initially was insufficient green time on the northbound side, and that has been fixed.
       For months, both ramps had been in temporary configurations - including a stopgap southbound off-ramp bridge over Fountain Creek. Both ramps should become more driver-friendly in the months ahead, as lanes are added in keeping with upgrades to Cimarron Street/Highway24 and their full length is built in, Garcia explained.
       He said other current activity includes the demolition of the northern third of the old Cimarron on the east side of the interchange (the new street layout is south of the previous one), the placement of piers for the easterly half of the new interstate bridge (with girders coming in late February or early March), foundation work for the two new pedestrian bridges and minor creek realignment between Eighth Street and Highway 24.
       The $113 million Colorado Department of Transportation interchange replacement project started in May 2015 and is due for completion by the end of this year.

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(Posted 1/17/17; Transportation: Cimarron/I-25)

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