COSMIX: Fillmore-GoG third-lane date slips; temporary exits in place

       The end of August – weather permitting - is the latest estimate for opening the new third lane on I-25 between Fillmore Street and Garden of the Gods Road.
       A previous prediction of Aug. 10 was essentially washed out, according to Bill Badger of Rockrimmon Constructors, the COSMIX project contractor for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). “Regrettably, the primary obstacle to opening the third lane has been Mother Nature,” he said. “Recent rains have made the median too wet to install the median guardrail and the road surface too damp for the epoxy stripe tape to be placed.”
       The interstate streetlights, which were removed when the initial widening was accomplished last fall, also need to be reinstalled, Badger said.
       Eventually there will be three lanes each way through Colorado Springs. But for now, because work will be continuing on the Nevada/Rockrimmon interchange through the end of 2007, the lanes will end north of Garden of the Gods Road.
       In other work this week, COSMIX crews were working on the southbound I-25 off-ramp to Garden of the Gods Road. The work will last approximately four weeks, depending on the weather, Badger said.
       A temporary southbound off-ramp has been created, approximately 500 feet to the north, onto Rusina Road. This temporary southbound off-ramp carries traffic to a right-turn only at Garden of the Gods Road, slightly west of the normal off-ramp.
       Southbound I-25 motorists wanting to go east on Garden of the Gods Road can detour at the southbound North Nevada Avenue exit.
       Both detours will “minimally impact drive time,” Badger said.
       The southbound detour has also made Rusina a temporary one-way south, from a point near the Mexican-food restaurant south to Garden of the Gods Road. Northbound Rusina traffic in the construction area will be detoured to Chestnut Street, north to Elkton, then east back to Rusina.
       Detour maps are available on the project web site: www.cosmixproject.com.

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