Road improvements continue in Black Forest

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Good fall weather is needed to wrap up transportation improvement projects in Black Forest, said El Paso County engineer Andre Brackin.

The Black Forest fire and post-fire flooding have caused significant delay in getting the projects finished, he said.

Contractors are continuing paving at Black Forest and Burgess roads, and will soon install traffic signals. The improvements are part of a 3.65 mile section of Black Forest Road that will be repaved with a 2-inch overlay, designed to extend the life of the road.

Contractors are expected to finish the work in October – including upgraded signals, better lighting, signs and striping that are visible day and night. Pedestrians and cyclists will have safer access to the road as well, according to the press release about the upgrades.

Safety improvements are also underway on Hodgen Road, from Meridian Road to Northcliff Road which is closed to traffic this week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. This project includes rebuilding the road, realigning it and paving the shoulders. A hill near the intersection of Meridian and Hodgen roads will be lowered and a left turn lane added. Further construction will continue into the fall.

Money for the project is provided by the voter-approved Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.