Start date nears for 26th&24 project

       A contractor has been selected for the left-turn safety project on Highway 24 at 26th Street.

The upcoming safety project at Highway 24 and 26th Street was spurred by accidents at the intersection. The photo above shows the aftermath of an accident there in March.
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       According to Colleen Dawson, project manager for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), the low bidder was CMS Inc. at $127,964.
       The RTA board, which previously greenlighted the project plan, still needs to give formal contract approval; it's on the agenda for the April 13 meeting. “We will start construction as soon as possible after that,” Dawson said.
       When the start date is near, the RTA will set out variable message sign (VSM) boards on Highway 24 so drivers will know, she added.
       The work will involve offsetting and lengthening the left-turn lanes for both eastbound and westbound Highway 24. The offsetting will allow better visibility for left-turners (because they will be farther to the left of the opposite left-turn lane) and the greater length will ensure there is enough room for all who need to turn (so that none are sticking out into the intersection).
       Highway 24 at 26th was selected for this upgrade because of higher-than-normal left-turn-related accidents, Dawson has said.
       CMS is a familiar name on the Westside, having previously contracted for such projects as the Family Picnic Area at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, the Eighth Street footbridge and right-lane extension, the Route 14 pedestrian ramps and the renovation of Station 5.

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