COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More traffic changes in the ongoing Woodmen Road corridor project in north Colorado Springs began Monday.
Crews closed an eastbound and a westbound lane on Woodmen between Academy Boulevard and Lexington Drive, to safely allow for work on utility lines and retaining walls.
The lanes will be closed daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday.
Starting Tuesday night and continuing through Wednesday night, crews will shift all Woodmen traffic between Lexington and Stinson Road to the westbound side and reduce traffic to a single lane in both directions, with a similar change on nearby Union Boulevard between Woodland Hills Drive and Shrider Road.
The two-night change will allow for the installation of a water main across Woodmen.
During that change, left turns at the Union/Woodmen intersection will not be allowed, traffic signals will be off and officers will be on hand to direct traffic.
The $31 million project, officially called the Woodmen Road Corridor Project, actually started in 2002 with a goal of widening the busy east-west thoroughfare between Interstate 25 and U.S. 24 in Falcon.
A federal grant and a local sales tax are funding the project.
El Paso County first widened the road between U.S. 24 and Powers Boulevard. Colorado Springs has gradually widened the remaining section, with the final phase starting last summer and scheduled to end in December.
City Engineering Manager Mike Chaves said a key component of the project is a continuous flow intersection where Union Boulevard crosses Woodmen.
"It's a way to improve traffic flow without building an overpass there, which would be much more expensive," he said.
Many drivers and neighbors said the project is an inconvenience to them, but they understand it needs to be done.
For more details about the project, visit: http://woodmenroad.com.