Monday, November 15, 2010

One road project done, another ... not so much

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:52 PM

Good news first: On Nov. 26, the county will mark the official end of the $26 million South Academy Boulevard Improvement Program. For those not aware, this was three years of construction on South Academy Boulevard between I-25 and Highway 115.

The project included:

· 7 new bridges
· Widening of 5 span B-Street Bridge
· 2400 linear feet of retaining walls
· 7 New/Reconfigured signalized intersections
· Ramp modifications at State Highway 115 & I-25
· Modifications to B-Street and Westmeadow Drive

But don't get too excited, drivers. On the other side of town, a traffic nightmare is just beginning. Starting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, Drennan Road immediately west of Academy Boulevard will be closed to all truck traffic. You heard that right.

According to the city:

This closure will be in place for the next five months. The work involves the erection of overhead support structures for the bridge that will eventually take traffic from southbound Academy Boulevard onto the new Milton E. Proby Parkway. The vertical clearance for this work is 14 feet. All Truck Traffic is being detoured to Hancock Expressway and Astrozon Boulevard.

Starting Tuesday, November 16 through Thursday, November 18, beginning at 7 p.m. through 5 a.m., night work will take place on Drennan Road just west of Academy Boulevard. The concrete barriers to accommodate the new traffic pattern on Drennan Road will be installed. Lanes are being narrowed to 9.5’ in each direction. This work also involves signage installation and overhead support structure installation. For more information please contact the project hotline at 719-268-7430, or go to the project website at

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