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8th Street NB right at Cimarron closes (temporarily) as quadrant right opens

Crews with Kraemer-North America put the finishing touches on the "quadrant" shortcut July 17. The photo was taken near the new road's intersection with Cimarron Street and looks southwest toward Eighth Street. With the shortcut's opening late this month, northbound Eighth Street drivers can turn right on it and skirt the Eighth/Cimarron intersection.
Westside Pioneer photo
The opening of the “quadrant” shortcut between Eighth Street and Cimarron Street/Highway 24 this month means the temporary closing of the old access.
       That's the right turn from northbound Eighth onto eastbound Cimarron.
       A Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) press release says the closure is scheduled to start July 25 and continue “for approximately one month.” Crews will be installing new sidewalks and pedestrian ramps at that corner.
       Signage will be posted, the release adds.
       The project timing is not accidental, in that the quadrant provides vehicles on northbound Eighth a way to turn right several hundred feet before the Cimarron/Eighth intersection. The 800-foot angled segment connects with eastbound Cimarron several hundred feet east of that intersection.
       The quadrant is tangential to Kraemer-North America's $113 million contract for the Cimarron/I-25 interchange. The intent is to relieve traffic at Eighth and Cimarron, according to CDOT.
       Once the sidewalk/ramp work is done, the right turn at Eighth and Cimarron will be restored.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 7/21/17; Transportation: Major Roads)

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