Friday, March 21, 2014

Cimarron. Messing up your commute again.

Posted By on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM

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A few years ago, the Cimarron Street bridge was under construction and hence was the bane of every west side commuter's existence. Well folks, get ready to relive that experience, at least for a little while.

The bridge has problems again and is under repair. Read the release below for details. Oh, and prepare yourself. That long-awaited re-do of the Cimarron Street and Interstate 25 interchange will mess up this road once again in the coming years.

Cimarron Bridge repairs underway

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Work is underway on the Cimarron bridge east of I-25 and the two eastbound lanes will shift towards the center lane until work is complete, which is estimated to be 30-60 days.

In the interest of public safety, eastbound traffic was reduced to one lane Thursday evening to allow engineers to properly evaluate localized damage to one of the bridge’s sub structural elements.

City engineers worked with a consultant onsite early Friday morning to thoroughly evaluate the extent of damage, which was likely caused by the freeze -thaw cycles this winter.

City engineers are working to design a suitable repair that will restore the bridge to full service until it is replaced by end-of-year 2017 as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation Cimarron/I-25 Interchange Project. All elements are being evaluated to determine if more work is required.

“City Engineering and Traffic Engineering staff responded quickly and effectively to evaluate the damage to the bridge and make the site safe for vehicles crossing the bridge. An appropriate repair solution is being designed and will be constructed as soon as possible. At this time we anticipate that the repair cost can be covered by 2014 budgeted emergency bridge repair funds,” said Interim Public Works Director Dave Lethbridge.


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