Updated: September 10, 2005 at 12:00 am
The first overnight closures of Interstate 25 for construction begin next week as crews continue work to widen the highway through Colorado Springs. I-25 will be closed from Garden of the Gods Road to Rockrimmon Boulevard on Tuesday, We d n e s d a y and Thursday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. North - bound traffic will take a detour east on Garden of the Gods and then north on Nevada Avenue back to the interstate. Southbound traffic won’t be affected. People headed west on Garden of the Gods to get to I-25 will take a detour north on Mark Dabling Boulevard and back to the interstate. Crews will be removing excess topsoil and asphalt from the median north of Garden of the Gods Road. Officials plan to have all lanes open by 5 a.m. each day. The work is part of the Colorado Springs Metro Interstate Expansion project, or COSMIX, a $150 million effort that involves widening I-25 to six lanes from North Academy Boulevard to Bijou Street. For more information about COSMIX, including a seven-day calendar of closures and work plans, visit www.cosmixproject. com. An informational meeting about plans to rebuild the North Nevada and Rockrimmon interchanges is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 22 at UMB Bank of Colorado, 5825 Delmonico Drive. SOME SIGNS A HAZARD Officials are cracking down on people who put up illegal signs and fliers along the state’s highways. Workers are tearing down the signs because they can be a safety hazard, the Colorado Department of Transportation said. The effort includes fliers placed on poles, signs or other areas along highways. Repeat violators of the state’s “sign litter” law can be fined up to $1,000, CDOT said in a news release. The department has programs for other signs, such as those marking deaths in a wreck with a drunken driver or other traffic crashes. Those signs cost $100 and stay up for six years. To request a sign, call 1-303-757-9446. POWERS PLANS State transportation officials want to get the word out on changes planned for Powers Boulevard, one of the main north-south routes through Colorado Springs. Planners have long wanted to turn Powers into a freewaystyle road, with interchanges like those along Interstate 25. Some members of the Colorado Springs City Council recently expressed doubts, though, saying a scaled-back plan might make more sense with all the development that’s happened on Powers. CDOT is conducting two meetings this month to talk about plans for Powers. The first meeting is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mesa Ridge High School, 6060 Mesa Ridge Parkway. The second is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Friendship Assembly of God, 3685 Bloomington St. Anyone can attend. For more information online, visit www.thepowerslink.com or call 598-5465. Have a question or comment about getting around the Pikes Peak region? Send it to Perry Swanson, email@example.com, or call 476-4878.