Chipita Park Road northwest of Ute Pass Elementary School reopened on Tuesday, March 12 after a contractor installed a new box culvert at the site.

The road had been closed since February 25 for the work.

Weather permitting, a second closure of Chipita Park Road is anticipated in April to install the permanent road surface and complete other finishing work.

As with the previous closure, no through traffic will be allowed between Fountain Road and U.S. 24 during the April shutdown. Detours will be in place to help maintain traffic flow.

Green Mountain Falls Road, Ute Pass Avenue, and U.S. 24 will serve as the detour routes during the next closure. Drivers are reminded to reduce speeds and to watch for workers, equipment, signs and barricades. El Paso County thanks drivers for their cooperation.

Funding for the project is provided through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. The need for the project came to light after flood waters in 2015 poured out of the Waldo Canyon Fire burn area.