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Jul 17, 2013 7:25 PM by Zach Thaxton

Austin Bluffs expansion under way; will last 18 months

Construction has started on a year-and-a-half-long project to widen Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs from four to six lanes between North Nevada Avenue and Old Farm Road.  The $22 million project, paid for by a voter-approved one-cent sales tax to fund the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA), will eliminate a bottleneck in one of the city's most heavily-traveled east-west corridors.

City Engineer Mike Chaves, manager for the Austin Bluffs Corridor Project, says crews will place heavy emphasis on keeping lanes open during rush-hour and daylight hours, but occasionally traffic will be reduced to one lane.  The entire project will last through December 2014, but work is being expedited in the area surrounding the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  "We're looking at doing all the widening and construction of those intersections before school starts," Chaves said.

"We are so pleased that the contractor is working with us to try to get some of the more impactful work done between now and August 20, which is move-in day for our freshmen," said UCCS Senior Executive Vice-Chancellor Brian Burnett.  "The message to our students and all the community around UCCS is:  plan ahead, be patient, know that these are cone zones and people need to be careful."

CLICK HERE for the official web site for the project, detailing the weekly construction outlook and a project overview.


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