COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Local drivers are finding that the end of the Memorial Day weekend hasn't ended traffic congestion and closures at a key Colorado Springs interchange.
The Colorado Department of Transportation will close northbound lanes of Interstate 25 over the Cimarron Street overpass, and close Cimarron in both directions under the structure.
The closures are from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. overnight Tuesday and Wednesday, with Thursday also a possibility if weather delays work.
"The best time to do it, to minimize inconvenience to travelers and do it the most safely, is to do this work at night, so that we don't have anything falling off the structure while the work is being done," Dave Watt, a CDOT engineer, said.
CDOT said drivers still can enter or exit the interstate from Cimarron, but asks drivers to detour north on Bijou Street or south on Nevada Avenue or Tejon Street.
Next week, the agency also plans to pave southbound lanes of the highway between Cimarron and Nevada.
Drivers have mixed feelings about the project.
"It's a tremendous undertaking," said Rod Mench. "If everyone recalls what it used to look like; homeless people under the bridge, bottles everywhere. I, quite frankly, am impressed with it."
"I think it's rather slow," said Igors Moclkins. "With all the new technology that they have, they should have been finished."
The interchange project started two years ago and is scheduled for completion this fall.