For a whole lot of drivers, December 2014 can't come soon enough.
If deadlines are met, that's when Austin Bluffs Parkway's transformation from a cone-plugged thoroughfare to a six-lane road will be completed.
The good news is that it's on track, said Mike Chavez, Colorado Springs' senior civil engineer.
"We're looking good," he said.
The $22.5 million construction project extends from Nevada Avenue to Ruby/Old Farm Drive.
This is the third phase of the 10-year project that included adding the interchange at Austin Bluffs and Union Boulevard and improving the intersection at Austin Bluffs and Nevada Avenue.
The first two phases were done by November 2008.
Phase One included new through-lanes and turn lanes at Austin Bluffs and Nevada. It was completed in January 2007.
Phase Two included construction of an overpass that takes Austin Bluffs over Union. It was finished in November 2008.
Safety and congestion were the reasons for that work, Chavez said.
"It used to get backed up really bad," he said.
The drive is on to finish as much of Phase Three as possible before winter weather sets in, said Clyde Pikkaraine, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority project manager.
The goal is to get the paving done on north, or westbound, side of the road and shift the work to the south side. Drivers are faced with various lane closures and some places where turns are prohibited.
"They're about a month away, and they're working really hard to meet that," Pikkaraine said. "Then over the winter we will work on the south side."
By the spring, he said, the south side should be paved and work will start on the medians.
For residents who want to keep up with the work, Pikkaraine suggested signing up for email alerts and checking in to the road project's website.
"We keep this information up to date," he said.
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