COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Department of Transportation is taking steps to ease traffic congestion at a busy Colorado Springs intersection made busier by the ongoing interchange project at Interstate 25 and Cimarron Street.
Heavy traffic just west of the project, at the intersection of 8th and Cimarron streets, led CDOT to build a block-long road just south of the intersection, connecting the two streets.
CDOT said the road, officially called a quadrant intersection, is designed to provide turning options to drivers and spread out traffic congestion so that so many drivers don't have to turn at the main intersection.
Around 60,000 vehicles travel through the intersection daily, according to a CDOT release.
The new road, scheduled to open this week, is two lanes wide in each direction, has traffic signals at each end and includes a service road to the nearby Acorn convenience store.
The store considered closing when the interchange project was being planned, and Acorn President Charles Ochs said business has dropped 30 percent during construction.
The store now plans to invest in renovations, Ochs said.
CDOT said the traffic signals on the new road also will make it easier for drivers to enter and exit the Colorado Place shopping center at the intersection.
The road is scheduled to open this week.
Once it opens, northbound 8th Street drivers will not be allowed to turn east onto Cimarron for the next month because of concrete work needed there.
Drivers who spoke with KRDO NewsChannel 13 Monday said they think the road is a good idea and should reduce traffic in the area.
CDOT said once the road opens, the interchange project will be 90 percent complete and on schedule to be finished by the end of November.
The road was not an original part of the project, CDOT said, but was suggested later by the contractor, Kraemer North America, as a way to add value and efficiency.