Construction begins today on $55 million parkway extension

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In 2004 Colorado Springs taxpayers approved a 1-percent sales tax increase to fund the extension of the Milton E. Proby Parkway.

Construction on the project comes home to roost tonight at 7pm.

Drivers can look forward to the sight of orange cones and barricades along Drennan Road west of Academy Blvd. The road will be closed to all truck traffic for the next five months.

The below summary appeared on the Colorado Springs police blotter this morning:

Please be advised beginning Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Drennan Road immediately west of Academy Boulevard will officially be closed to ALL TRUCK TRAFFIC. This notification will outline the specific work being done and has the most up to date information about the closure. This work will continue for the next five months and involves the erection of overhead support structures work for the construction of the bridge that will take traffic from southbound Academy Boulevard onto the new Milton E. Proby Parkway. The vertical clearance for this work is 14′. All truck traffic will be detoured to Hancock Expressway via Astrozon Boulevard or Boychuk Avenue to access the industrial loop. The following activities will take place beginning on Tuesday, November 16 and continue through Wednesday, November 24, 2010.

• Signage for the vertical height restrictions will be placed along Drennan Road and Academy Boulevard in all directions.
• Concrete barriers will be installed in both directions to narrow the traffic patterns on the west side of the Academy Boulevard and Drennan Road Intersection. Lanes will be narrowed to 9.5′ in each direction.
• Vertical height restricted steel devices will be installed on Academy Boulevard and Drennan Road.
• Installation of overhead support structures at Drennan Road and Academy Boulevard.

Also, please be aware the vertical clearance on Academy Boulevard north and southbound will be reduced to 16′; however, regular traffic flow will not be interrupted. Over-height trucks will need to seek an alternative route. Trucks will still be allowed to travel both directions on Drennan Road east of Academy Boulevard. Small vehicles are still going to be allowed through the truck restricted portion of Drennan Road. Barriers and headache bars will be placed in the road that do not permit use by large trucks. For the safety of the general public and the construction crews we are asking for your full cooperation with this closure. For more information contact the project hotline at 719-268-7430.

Construction updates and photos can be found here.