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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Project: Charter Oak Ranch Road

From Road: I-25
To Road: Fort Carson Gate 19
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 12/1/2015
End: 12/31/2019

Project Details:
The United States Department of Transportation distributed nearly $600 million for 72 transportation projects in 46 states and The District of Columbia from its TIGER IV (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) 2014 program. The Charter Oak Ranch project was the only TIGER IV funded project in Colorado. 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 complete pre-construction activities for reconstruction of 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
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: Federal/County
Cost: $1,500,000.00
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2018; Construction TBD

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

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From Road: US-24 Interchange
To Road: North 31st Street
Current Status: Construction
Start: January 2017
End: December 2018

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: $35,800,000.00
Project Manager: Dennis Barron
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460

Project Website: www.westsideavenueplan.com

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

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

From Road: Falcon Highway
To Road: US-24
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 6/1/2009
End: 12/31/2018

Project Details:
This project consists of two PPRTA “A” list Capital Projects (US-24/”New” Meridian/”Old” Meridian intersection improvements and “New” Meridian extension from US-24 to Falcon Highway) as well as the federally funded Falcon Park & Ride project. Advancing these projects together will result in reduced project costs. The intersection of “New” Meridian/US-24 will be a full movement signalized intersection and the intersection of “Old” Meridian/US-24 will revert the full movement legs of “Old” Meridian to right in/right out accesses. “New” Meridian Road will be connected to US-24 on the north side and an extension will be constructed and continue south to Falcon Highway. A Park & Ride facility will be constructed south of US-24 adjacent to “New” Meridian.

Project Team: El Paso County/HDR
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA/Federal/County
Cost: $9,500,000.00
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2014-2018; Construction 2018-2019

Project: Golden Lane Bridge Replacement

From Road: West Colorado Avenue
To Road: Fountain Creek RV Park
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 9/1/2014
End: 12/31/2018

Project Details:
Replace existing steel bridge with concrete box culvert.

Project Team: El Paso County/Drexel Barrell & Co
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: Federal
Cost: $1,050,000.00
Project Manager: Brett Hartzell
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2014-2016; Construction 2017-2018

Project: Highway 105

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

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 Team: El Paso County/HDR
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA/Federal/County
Cost: $25,000,000.00
Project Manager: Mike Cartmell
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: www.105corridor.com
Schedule: Corridor study completed December 2012; Preliminary Design 2015

Project: Holtwood Road Bridge Replacement

From Road: 0.8 mi North of Corona Road
To Road: 2.2 mi South of Cold Iron Road
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 9/1/2014
End: 3/31/2018

Project Details:
Replace timber bridge.

Project Team: El Paso County/Muller Engineering/SEMA Construction Inc
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: Federal/County
Cost: $8,000,000.00
Project Manager: Matthew Johnson
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction 2016-2018

Project: Judge Orr Culvert Project

From Road: Judge Orr Road
To Road: Judge Orr Road
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 4/1/2016
End: 12/31/2018

Project Details:
Replace metal pipe culverts with box culvert at Bennett Ranch Creek crossing. Project will resurface roadway, improve drainage and access in the area, and assist flow along the creek.

Project Team: El Paso County
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: Road closure with detour will be required during part of construction phase.
Project Type: PPRTA/Federal
Cost: $1,000,000.00
Project Manager: John Andrews
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2016-2018; Construction 2018

Project: McLaughlin/Old Meridian Roundabout

From Road: Rolling Thunder Way
To Road: US Highway 24
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 12/1/2013
End: 3/1/2019

Project Details:
The project is a safety improvement which will construct a roundabout and associated pedestrian facilities at the intersection and adjacent corridors. The improvements will reduce traffic accidents and conflicts, reduce driver confusion, and efficiently handle future traffic volumes.

Project Team: El Paso County
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA/County
Cost: $2,400,000.00
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2017; Construction 2018-2019

Project: Mesa Ridge Parkway

From Road: Powers
To Road: Wayfarer
Current Status: In Progress
Start:
End:

Project Details:

Project Team:
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost:
Project Manager:
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: TBD

Project: Monument Hill Road

From Road: Woodmoor Drive
To Road: Misty Acres Boulevard
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 7/1/2015
End: 12/31/2018

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. Necessary improvements will be fully evaluated during the design phase.

Project Team: El Paso County/AECOM
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: PPRTA/County
Cost: $3,965,000.00
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2018; Construction 2018

Project: Struthers/Gleneagle Roundabout

From Road: Gleneagle Drive
To Road: Struthers Road
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 2015
End: 2020

Project Details:
Construction of Struthers/Gleneagle roundabout and intersection improvements.

Project Team: El Paso County/Wilson & Co
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost:
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2018; Construction TBD

Project: Struthers/North Gate Drainage Improvements

From Road: Gleneagle Drive
To Road: I-25
Current Status: In Progress
Start: 2015
End: 2020

Project Details:
Construction of Struthers/Gleneagle roundabout and intersection improvements.

Project Team: El Paso County/Wilson & Co
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost:
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2018; Construction 2018