New on WAAP project: avenue lane shift; unchanged on project: flaggersJune 11, 2018
Traffic through the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) project will still move slowly starting Monday, June 18, but at least it will be on a different side of the road.
A project press release states that on that date "all traffic will switch to the north side of West Colorado Avenue from Ridge Road to west of
The reason is the need to work on underground utilities on the south side.
"Traffic will be one lane with alternating traffic controlled by flaggers, as required, during active construction work, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (weather permitting)," the release continues. "During off-hours, one lane in each direction will be open."
WAAP is a $35.5 million project by El Paso County, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs to rebuild the avenue roughly between 31st Street and Manitou's Highway 24 interchange. Work started in December 2016. Project officials have predicted “substantial completion” by the end of this year.
A shift to the avenue's north side will also be implemented as of the 18th between Ridge and 32nd Street for gas line work by Colorado Springs Utilities. One lane in each
Access to local businesses will be maintained, the release adds.
The current main focus for project contractor Wildcat Construction is construction of the new Adam's Crossing Bridge over Fountain Creek at Columbia Road. Girders were installed in late May, and the bridge deck is to be poured later this month. The bridge is slated to open by early September, according to the project team.
The press release also lists these project-related road impacts, starting June 18:
- Columbia Road. Closed from Colorado Avenue to Pikes Peak Avenue for roadwork. The best detour is 36th Street, the release recommends.
- El Paso Boulevard. One lane with flaggers between Via Maria Theresia and Columbia Road from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for paving.
Regarding bicycle traffic, “flaggers will be present to direct bicyclists around the construction area on Pikes Peak Avenue as needed," the release states. "Because of the active construction/excavation in this area, bikers are requested to walk their bikes.”
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