March 5: New Fillmore/I-25 interchange open house dateAn open house on the planned replacement for the Fillmore/I-25 interchange is now scheduled Wednesday, March 5.
People can drop in at any time during the event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, inside the El Paso County Citizen Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Room 1019. The county's parking garage is next to the building.
Displays of the planned work will be shown, and project team members will be on hand to answer questions, a press release states.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project is slated to break ground this summer. The estimated cost is $13 million, which is to cover a new bridge and improvements on the ramps. A contractor has not yet been hired.
The project will be one of the first in Colorado to use the relatively new diverging diamond interchange designs, which avoids the need for left-turn signals at on-ramps. CDOT engineers believe that will reduce the number of accidents.
An open house had previously been scheduled a month earlier. But temperatures were around zero degrees at that time, and CDOT decided to postpone it.
The project come on the heels of the Fillmore/Chestnut project by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) last year. The work included realigning Chestnut Street away from the interchange, the removal of two gas stations that had been on Fillmore just west of I-25 and the construction of a stormwater detention pond where one of the stations had been.
Westside Pioneer/press release