Construction and Maintenance Projects

The County’s transportation network consists of more than 2,000 miles of paved and gravel roads, and related right-of-way assets. The Engineering Division’s Traffic Engineering, Design, Construction Management, Real Estate, and Infrastructure Planning Sections handle all aspects of the transportation system including policy and standards, planning, and contract project execution. The Operations Division’s Highway Section handles in-house maintenance and repair of County roads and bridges, drainage, signs and signals, and right-of-way. Below is detailed information about current capital construction projects, transportation planning, road maintenance, and other highway projects.

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Weekly Road Maintenance Projects

Short Term Projects

Long Term and On-Going Projects

Project: Arnold Avenue Bridge Replacement

From Road: Mitchell Ave
To Road: Fairchild Ave
Current Status: Design
Start: 2019
End: 2021

Project Details: Bridge replacement

Project Team: El Paso County / Alfred Benesch (design)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: Federal/County
Cost: $1,600,000 total project
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2019-2020, Construction 2020-2021

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Baptist Rd / Hodgen Rd / Roller Coaster Rd Intersection Improvements

From Road: Baptist Rd / Hodgen Rd
To Road: Roller Coaster Rd
Current Status: Conceptual Design
Start: 2019
End: 2022

Project Details: Intersection improvements TBD.

Project Team: El Paso County
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost: $TBD
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Traffic Study 2019 / Design TBD

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Beacon Lite Road

From Road: Wakonda Way
To Road: County Line Rd / Palmer Divide Rd
Current Status: Design
Start: November 2019
End: 2022

Project Details: Roadway and drainage improvements

Project Team: El Paso County

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: PPRTA
Estimated Cost: $4,361,000 (total estimate)
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2019-2021, Construction TBD

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Bradley Rd / Grinnell Rd Intersection Only

From Road:
To Road:
Current Status: Traffic Study/Signal Warrant Study
Start: 2019
End: 2021

Project Details:
Intersection improvements TBD.

Project Team: El Paso County/ Wilson & Company
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost: $ TBD
Project Manager: Howard Schwartz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Traffic Study 2019/20 – Design TBD

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Briargate Pkwy / Stapleton Dr Corridor Study

From Road: Black Forest Road
To Road: Meridian Road
Current Status: Planning
Start: 2020
End: 2024

Project Details: Corridor study

Project Team: El Paso County and City of Colorado Springs / Design Team – Wilson & Company

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: PPRTA
Estimated Cost:
Project Manager: Howard Schwartz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: https://www.briargate-stapleton.com
Schedule: 2020/2021

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Calhan Hwy Bridge Replacement (over Big Sandy Creek) Design

From Road: 1.5 miles south of US24
To Road: 1.08 miles north of Funk Road
Current Status: Preliminary Contract
Start: 2020
End: 2022

Project Details: Bridge replacement design

Project Team: El Paso County / AECOM (design)

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: Federal / County
Estimated Cost: $420,000.00
Project Manager: Brett Hartzell
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2020-2021, Construction 2021-2022

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Charter Oak Ranch Road

From Road: I-25
To Road: Fort Carson Gate 19
Current Status: Design / Property Acquisition
Start: 12/1/2015
End: 2021

Project Details:
To accommodate Fort Carson’s ongoing expansion, El Paso County is working with the Army to improve the roadway infrastructure from I-25 to Gate 19 to access the base’s military training infrastructure. The roads leading to Gate 19 are in substandard condition and are unable to support expected traffic. The project will reconstruct Charter Oak Ranch Road and Santa Fe Avenue leading to Gate 19 at the Fort Carson Army Post.

Project Team: El Paso County/Michael Baker International (design)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: Federal/County
Cost: $15,000,000 total project
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design Phase 2015-2020, Construction 2020-2021

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Colorado Avenue/Manitou Avenue
(Westside Avenue Action Plan: WAAP)

Video updates are available on the news release page.

From Road: US-24 Interchange
To Road: North 31st Street
Current Status: Construction is substantially complete
Start: January 2017
End: Substantial Completion at End of 2019 with minor items and punch-out work occurring in 2020

Project Details:

This project is a joint effort between El Paso County, the City of Manitou Springs, and the City of Colorado Springs. El Paso County is managing this multi-jurisdictional project. The Corridor Study phase developed recommendations for short-term transportation and safety improvements, and a long range livable, walkable, economic vision for the 1.5 miles of West Colorado and Manitou Avenues between North 31st Street and the US-24 interchange. The planning phase of the project (funded by CDOT) concluded with a Public Open House on March 20, 2013, in which the preferred three lane option, as recommended by citizens and stakeholders, was presented to the public. The three lane option involves one traffic lane in each direction eastbound and westbound and a center left-turn lane. A dedicated left turn lane would reduce accidents, primarily caused by cars stopping to make left turns on the current cross-section. The preliminary design phase (funded by CDOT) was completed in late 2014, and resulted in 30 percent design plans for the corridor. Final design was substantially completed in 2016 culminating in an RFP being issued for construction in the fourth quarter of 2016.

The major project elements include roadway improvements, a new bridge and wall structures associated with the relocation of portions of Fountain Creek and the Midland trail, signals, drainage and utility improvements including new water and sanitary facilities, street lighting, and undergrounding of most of the overhead electric and communication lines, sidewalks, and streetscape/landscaping elements.

Project Team: El Paso County, City of Colorado Springs, City of Manitou Springs, CDOT, FHU, Jacobs, Wildcat Construction
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County/PPRTA
Cost: $41,300,000
Project Manager: Brett Hartzell
Contact: http://westsideplan.com/dt/waapAContactUs.html

Schedule: Corridor Study 2013-2014, Preliminary Design 2014-2015, Final Design 2015-2016, Begin Construction January 2017

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Deer Creek Rd / Base Camp Rd / Microscope Way

From Road: Monument Hill Road
To Road: Woodmoor Drive
Current Status: Planning / Design
Start: 2019
End: 2021

Project Details: Roadway and drainage improvements

Project Team: El Paso County

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: PPRTA
Estimated Cost: TBD
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2019-2020, Construction TBD

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Elbert Road Bridge Deck Replacement

Road: Elbert Rd between Latigo Rd and Murphy Rd
Current Status: Planning
Start: Fall 2020 (Tentative)
End: End 2020 (Tentative and Weather Permitting)

Project Details:
El Paso County Public Works will be performing bridge deck replacement work along Elbert Road between Latigo Road and Murphy Road starting in Fall 2020. Weather permitting, the project is expected to take about 12 weeks. Motorists are encouraged to use Latigo Road, Eastonville Road, and Murphy Roads as detours during construction. These gravel routes through neighborhoods require drivers to travel at low speeds. Those using the alternate routes should plan for added travel time. Drivers are reminded to reduce speeds, and to watch for workers, equipment, signs, and barricades. El Paso County road maintenance crews wish to thank drivers in advance for their cooperation. The full road closure will accelerate the safe and efficient completion of this project. Funding is provided through the El Paso County Road and Bridge fund and Federal Funds (shared 20/80 split).

Project Team: El Paso County and Contractor (TBD)
Road Closure: Yes
Detour Route: Latigo Rd to Eastonville Rd to Murphy Rd (check back soon for detour map)
Project Type: County (Maintenance)
Cost: $750,000
Project Manager: Matthew Johnson
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction tentatively planned for Fall 2020

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Falcon Park and Ride, Meridian Extension, and Meridian/US 24 Intersection Improvements

From Road: Falcon Highway
To Road: US-24
Current Status: Construction
Start: 6/1/2009
End: 2021

Project Details:

This project consists of connecting “New” Meridian to US 24 and extending it to Falcon Highway, creating a full movement signalized intersection at “New” Meridian and US 24, converting the full movement “Old” Meridian and US 24 intersection to right in/right out access only and constructing a Park-n-Ride facility south of US 24 adjacent to “New” Meridian and “Old” Meridian.

Starting on August 12, El Paso County Department of Public Works’ contractor, HEI Civil, will begin work on US 24 between Falcon Hwy and New Meridian Road for approximately one year through July 2021. Work will require a 24/7 shoulder closure on eastbound US 24 to complete removal and erosion control work, extend the existing concrete box culvert, and place embankment in connection with the US 24 and Meridian Road Improvements Project.

Typical work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Limited weekend or night work is possible. All work is dependent on weather and resource availability. The construction schedule is subject to change. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.

Project Team: El Paso County, Alfred Benesch & Company, HEI Civil
Road Closure: Starting on or after August 12, there will be minimal shoulder closures on US-24 and “Old Meridian Rd”
Detour Route: none
Project Type: PPRTA/Federal/County
Cost: $11,000,000 total project
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design Phase 2014-2019, Construction 2020-2021

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Fontaine Blvd / Security Blvd / Widefield Blvd Intersection

From Road: Fontaine Blvd
To Road: Security Blvd / Widefield Blvd
Current Status: Design
Start: 2018
End: 2020

Project Details: Traffic signal replacement and sidewalk improvements.

Project Team: El Paso County
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA
Cost:
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2018-2019, Construction 2020

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Fountain Creek at Bandley Dr / Crest Dr (Riverside)

From Road: Bandley Drive
To Road: Crest Drive
Current Status: Substantially complete
Start: 2018
End: 2020

Project Details: Channel work in Fountain Creek

Project Team: El Paso County

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: CDBG-DR
Estimated Cost: $3,392,121.61
Project Manager: Bret Dilts
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2018-2019, Construction 2020

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Fountain Mesa Rd and Caballero Ave Intersection

From Road: Fountain Mesa Rd
To Road: Caballero Ave
Current Status: Design
Start: 05/14/2018
End: 12/31/2021

Project Details:
This project consists of a complete traffic analysis and intersection redesign/reconstruction.

Project Team: HR Green
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Estimated Cost: $1,000,000 total project
Project Manager: Brett Hartzell
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2018-2020, Construction 2020-2021

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Highway 105

From Road: I-25
To Road: State Highway 83
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 5/1/2011
End: TBD

Project Details:
The corridor study was completed in late 2012 and information posted to the website. Project Segment A (I-25 to Lake Woodmoor Drive) has been approved for federal funding and will move forward into preliminary design in 2015. The remainder of the project improvements (from Lake Woodmoor Drive to SH 83) is funded through the reauthorization of the voter approved PPRTA Capital program, and preliminary design will commence in 2015. El Paso County will update this status as the project changes.

Project Update, January 2019: El Paso County continues to move forward with the Highway 105 corridor improvements from Interstate 25 to State Highway 83. The design, property acquisition, and construction for these improvements are being accomplished in multiple phases. El Paso County has an agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) for federal funding for final design and construction of the first segment of the project, known as Project A, from the I-25 interchange east ramps, approximately 1 mile to Lake Woodmoor Drive. The Project will extend the four-lane section east of Knollwood Drive and include improved shoulders, additional turn lanes, and sidewalks.

Ongoing goals for Project A include completing the preliminary and final designs and property acquisition. The design is based upon recommendations made in the 2013 Corridor Preservation Plan, and incorporates an update to this study. The purpose of this traffic study update is to document any changes in traffic conditions and analyses, to update the recommendations from the previous study, if required, and to further refine the recommendations for this first phase of the project. Additionally, El Paso County is in discussions with a few remaining individual property owners, and will continue to take direction from the Board of El Paso County Commissioners (BoCC) and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Board of Directors. These “behind the scene” activities are quite involved, and require extensive time to ensure we meet all regulatory requirements. We anticipate completing the final design for the first segment by Winter 2020, and subject to property acquisition, anticipate construction for this segment to begin the Spring of 2021.

A future public meeting to discuss the remainder of the corridor is tentatively planned for later in the design process, but has not yet been scheduled. Further details on the public meeting including date and location will be posted on this Project website in the upcoming months. The reports and presentation materials from the previous corridor study are also available and can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

Funding for final design and construction of the remainder of the corridor, from Lake Woodmoor Drive to SH-83, is included in the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Capital funding program over the next 10 years. The phasing and construction of future projects has not yet been determined, but will be evaluated as part of the ongoing preliminary design.

Project Team: El Paso County/HDR
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA/Federal/County
Cost: $25,000,000
Project Manager: Mike Cartmell
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: www.105corridor.com
Schedule: Corridor study Dec 2012, Preliminary Design 2015, Final Design first segment Winter 2019, Construction first segment Fall 2020

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Main St / Security Blvd Intersection

From Road: Main Street
To Road: Security Blvd
Current Status: Design
Start: 2018
End: 2020

Project Details: Traffic signal replacement

Project Team: El Paso County

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: PPRTA
Estimated Cost:
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2018-2019, Construction 2020

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: McLaughlin/Old Meridian Roundabout

From Road: Rolling Thunder Way
To Road: US Highway 24
Current Status: Construction
Start: Construction starting March 2020
End: Late Fall 2020

Detour Map

The project is a safety improvement which will construct a roundabout with associated approaches and pedestrian facilities at the intersection of McLaughlin Road, Old Meridian Road and Rolling Thunder Way. The improvements will reduce traffic accidents and conflicts, reduce driver confusion, and efficiently handle future traffic volumes. The project will also include reconstruction of existing New Meridian from US24 through the Rolling Thunder intersection.

New roundabout intersection now open to traffic
El Paso County opened the new roundabout at the Old Meridian Road and McLaughlin Road intersection on July 24. Opening the roundabout and Old Meridian Road north of US Highway 24 will immediately improve access in the community of Falcon.
Typical work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Limited weekend or night work is possible. All work is dependent on weather and resource availability. The construction schedule is subject to change. Updates will be provided as the project progresses.

During the months of September and October

  • Rolling Thunder Way will remain closed between the roundabout and Meridian Drivers should continue to use the signed detour routes on Meridian Road and Woodmen Road to bypass this section of Rolling Thunder Way.
  • The Rolling Thunder Way and Meridian Road intersection will be closed for full reconstruction.
  • Kiewit will place the final asphalt layer on Meridian Road and reconstruct the intersection of Rolling Thunder and Meridian.

Project Team: El Paso County / Alfred Benesch & Company / Kiewit Infrastructure
Road Closure: The intersection of Rolling Thunder and Meridian Road will be closed for several weeks.
Detour Route: The signed detour route utilizes Meridian Road and McLaughlin Road / Rolling Thunder intersection to bypass the Old Meridian Road closure. Business and fire station access will be provided.
Project Type: PPRTA/County
Cost: $5,260,000
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: pr@workzone.info or 719-208-8650
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction March – Late Fall 2020
Information current as of 9/4//2020

Project: Mesa Ridge Parkway

From Road: Powers Blvd (US21) / US16
To Road: Marksheffel Road
Current Status: Planning
Start: 2020
End: 2024

Project Details: Roadway widening, new bridge, intersection and drainage improvements

Project Team: El Paso County / TBD (design)

Road Closure: No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: PPRTA
Estimated Cost:
Project Manager: Howard Schwartz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2020-2021, Construction TBD

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Monument Hill Road

From Road: Woodmoor Drive
To Road: South Entrance to Palmer Ridge High School
Current Status: Project complete – final striping completed this spring/ vegetation establishment ongoing
Start: 10/08/2018
End: 11/2019

Project Details:
The 2.4 mile corridor provides access to local residents while significant traffic is using this route as a frontage road for I-25 and collector access to Monument. This road is the main access to Palmer Ridge High School and has many safety issues and a high accident history. The voter approved PPRTA funded capital project is expected to provide safety improvements to Monument Hill Road that includes sight distance, horizontal and vertical improvements, surface paving, drainage, intersection improvements, and shoulders for bicycles and pedestrians.

Project Team: El Paso County/AECOM (design) / Yeh & Assoc (CM) / Schmidt Construction
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA
Cost: $5,000,000
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction substantially complete Nov 2019; final closeout, post-construction stabilization, and permit coordination ongoing thru 2020.

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Rex and Meridian

From Road: Rex Road
To Road: Meridian Road
Current Status: Design
Start: 2019
End: 2022

Project Details: Intersection improvements TBD

Project Team: El Paso County / AECOM (design)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost: $TBD
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2020, Construction TBD

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: South Academy Blvd

From Road: West of I-25
To Road: North of Bradley Rd ramps
Current Status: Design
Start: September 2019
End: 2024

Project Details: Roadway and bridge widening/improvements, drainage improvements, scour protection within Fountain Creek, etc.

Project Team: El Paso County / AECOM (design) / CDOT (partner)

Road Closure:No

Detour Route: N/A

Project Type: PPRTA / Federal / County
Estimated Cost: $23,000,000 (total estimate)
Project Manager: Brett Hartzell
Contact: I25CO94.mamsip@gmail.com or 719-800-2162
Project Website:https://www.codot.gov/projects/military-access-improvements-in-se-colorado/south-academy-blvd
Schedule: Design 2020-2021, Construction TBD

Information current as of 9/3/2020

Project: Struthers/Gleneagle Roundabout

From Road: Gleneagle Drive
To Road: North Gate Boulevard
Current Status: Final Construction Tasks / Project Closeout
Start: 24 June 2019
End: Fall 2020

Project Details:
Existing construction of Struthers/Gleneagle roundabout and intersection improvements, as well as curb and gutter/drainage/pedestrian improvements along the north side of Struthers Road, between Gleneagle Drive & North Gate Boulevard.

Project Team: Wilson & Co (design) / Olgoonik Enterprises (construction) / El Paso County (CM)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost: $3,400,000 total project
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: 719-593-9239 or info@crystalpeak.com
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction substantially complete as of 29 April 2020; punchlist items, final closeout, and post-construction stabilization ongoing

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Project: Struthers/North Gate Drainage Improvements

From Road: Gleneagle Drive
To Road: I-25
Current Status: Design
Start: 2015
End: 2023

Project Details:
Construction of sub-regional drainage system improvements along Struthers Road & North Gate Boulevard.

Project Team: El Paso County/Wilson & Co (design)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: Federal/County
Cost: $2,500,000
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2021, Construction 2022-2023

Information current as of 9/4/2020

Work Zone Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Slow down
  • Watch for signs, barricades and workers
  • Turn headlights on during evening and overnight hours
  • Follow detours when given
  • Always expect the unexpected