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.

Please click on the individual projects below to find out if any road closures / detours are in place.

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Short Term and On-going Projects

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 2015-2019, Construction TBD

Information current as of 3/4/2019

Project: Chipita Park Road Drainage Improvements at Sand Gulch

From Road: US Highway 24
To Road: Chipita Park Rd / Fountain Creek
Current Status: Construction
Start: 12/17/2018
End: Summer 2019

Project Details:
The project will generally consist of realigning and armoring approximately 600 feet of the existing Sand Gulch Channel between US 24 and Chipita Park Road, installing a 10’ x 6’ concrete box culvert under Chipita Park Road, construction of an armored channel that will feed in to Fountain Creek, constructing a portion of Ute Pass trail that crosses Sand Gulch, and relocating a private driveway.

Project Team: El Paso County/AECOM (design)/FHU (CM)/ 53 Corporation (construction)
Road Closure: Chipita Park Rd closed at Ute Pass Elementary School Beginning on Monday February 25, 2019
Detour Route: Green Mountain Falls Road, Ute Pass Avenue, and U.S. 24 will serve as the detour routes
Project Type: CDBG-DR
Cost: $1,200,000
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction Winter – Summer 2019

Information current as of 3/5/2019

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
Start: January 2017
End: Mid 2019

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: 719-244-8832 or www.westsideavenueplan.com

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

Information current as of 3/5/2019

Project: Elbert Road Bridge Deck Replacement

Road: Elbert Rd between Latigo Rd and Murphy Rd
Current Status: Planning
Start: June 2019 (Tentative)
End: End of August 2019 (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 June 2019. 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: $360,000
Project Manager: Matthew Johnson
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Construction June through August

Information current as of 3/5/2019

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

From Road: Falcon Highway
To Road: US-24
Current Status: Design / Property Acquisition
Start: 6/1/2009
End: 2020

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 and 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 and Ride facility will be constructed south of US-24 adjacent to “New” Meridian.

Project Team: El Paso County/HDR (design)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
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 2019/2020

Information current as of 3/4/2019

Project: Fountain Mesa Rd and Caballero Ave Intersection Design

From Road: Fountain Mesa Rd
To Road: Caballero Ave
Current Status: Traffic Study/Redesign / Reconstruction
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

Information current as of 3/4/2019

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 2019, and subject to property acquisition, anticipate construction for this segment to begin the Fall 2019.

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 2019

Information current as of 3/4/2019

Project: Marksheffel Rd. and Meadowbrook Pkwy Intersection

From Road: Marksheffel Rd
To Road: Meadowbrook Pkwy
Current Status: Traffic Study/Design and Construction
Start: 08/21/2018
End: 12/31/2021

Project Details:
This project consists of a complete traffic analysis and the design/construction of the intersection improvements. The selected intersection improvements will be dependent on consultant recommendations and public input.

Project Team: WSP
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Estimated Cost: $1,200,000 total project
Project Manager: Brett Hartzell
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2018-2019, Construction 2019-2020

Information current as of 3/4/2019

Project: McLaughlin/Old Meridian Roundabout

From Road: Rolling Thunder Way
To Road: US Highway 24
Current Status: Design / Property Acquisition
Start: 12/1/2013
End: 2020

Project Details:
The project is a safety improvement which will construct a roundabout and associated pedestrian facilities at the intersection and approaches. 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
Project Manager: Omar Lopez
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2019, Construction 2019-2020

Information current as of 3/5/2019

Project: Monument Hill Road

From Road: Woodmoor Drive
To Road: South Entrance to Palmer Ridge High School
Current Status: Construction
Start: 10/08/2018
End:  Fall 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: Yes
Detour Route: During Phase I (Winter 2018 – Spring 2019), Monument Hill Road is closed from Woodmoor Drive to the south entrance of Monument Hill Church, just south of Deer Creek Road intersection. Deer Creek Road serves as the detour route for access to the northern portion of Monument Hill Road. During Phase II (estimated Spring/Summer 2019), Monument Hill Road will be closed north of the entrance of Monument Hill Church to just south of the southern entrance of Palmer Ridge High School.  Woodmoor Drive, Furrow Road, and County Line Road will serve as the detour route for access to the northern portion of Monument Hill Road.
Project Type: PPRTA
Cost: $5,000,000
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2018, Construction 2018-2019

Information current as of 3/6/2019

Project: Struthers/Gleneagle Roundabout

From Road: Gleneagle Drive
To Road: North Gate Boulevard
Current Status: Advertising construction
Start: 2015
End: 2020

Project Details:
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: El Paso County/Wilson & Co (design)
Road Closure: No
Detour Route: N/A
Project Type: County
Cost: $4,000,000 total project
Project Manager: John Lantz
Contact: dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460
Project Website: N/A
Schedule: Design 2015-2019, Construction 2019/2020

Information current as of 3/4/2019

Project: Struthers/North Gate Drainage Improvements

From Road: Gleneagle Drive
To Road: I-25
Current Status: Design
Start: 2015
End: 2022

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

Information current as of 3/6/2019

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

From Road: Baptist Rd / Hodgen Rd
To Road: Roller Coaster Rd
Current Status: Traffic Study
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 3/5/2019

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 TBD

Information current as of 3/4/2019