A staff report
Safety improvements have been completed to the Interstate 25/Woodmen Road interchange, but road work along the I-25 corridor in the Pikes Peak region is far from over, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The improvements at the Woodmen interchange cost $31 million and began in winter 2001 and were completed within budget.
“The end of this project marks a major milestone for the community,” said James Flohr, CDOT resident engineer. “These improvements have made this interchange safer to drive than it was four years ago. We’re also one step closer to improving traffic congestion in Colorado Springs.”
The goals of the I-25/Woodmen Road safety improvement project were twofold:
1. To improve safety by replacing the outdated interchange
2. To accommodate potential capacity improvements
* The following took place to improve safety:
* Constructed acceleration/deceleration lanes to improve merging to and from I-25;
* Added two longer dedicated left turn lanes from Woodmen Road to northbound and southbound I-25 to ease congestion on Woodmen Road and improve access to I-25;
* Rebuilt Woodmen Road from Corporate Drive/Commerce Center Drive to Campus Drive to accommodate additional through and turn lanes to ease congestion on Woodmen Road;
* Lowered the elevation of Woodmen Road east of the interstate to improve sight distance for motorists;
* Realigned Vincent Drive with Campus Drive, eliminating an unnecessary intersection with Woodmen Road and improving traffic flow;
* Added turning lanes at the Corporate Drive/Commerce Center and Campus Drive/Vincent Drive to improve traffic flow on the local street network in the area.
The following took place to accommodate potential capacity improvements:
* Replaced the original ramp system with longer on- and off-ramps;
* Widened a total of six bridge structures over Pine Creek, Woodmen Road, and Cottonwood Creek to accommodate future capacity improvements;
* Constructed wider shoulder widths to accommodate additional lanes in the future.
The safety improvements to Woodmen Road, and five other interchanges in El Paso County, are a part of CDOT’s strategic plan to improve safety and enhance traffic flow through Colorado Springs. With safety improvements nearly complete, CDOT is proposing more construction to ease congestion on the interstate. The next steps are to improve capacity pending environmental clearance from the Federal Highway Administration. This first phase could consist of widening I-25 to six lanes through Colorado Springs and could start as early as spring.
For more information about the recently completed I-25/Woodmen Road interchange safety improvements project, contact James Flohr, CDOT resident engineer, at (719) 634-2323 or visit the I-25 Web site at www.interstate25.com.