Feb 19, 2014 7:15 PM by Leah Kraus

Commuters plan ahead with highway 24 construction

When it comes to construction along Highway 24, commuter Chelsea Boucher says she always gives herself extra time when driving from her home in Colorado Springs to her job at "The Wines of Colorado" in Cascade.

Even though she has to plan ahead, she thinks the construction - installing a 10 x 24 foot box culvert underneath highway 24 so the water will funnel under the road - will be a good thing in the long run.

"It does affect commute times a little bit and when you're used to how long it takes to get to and from work, you have to plan a little bit ahead.

The Colorado State Patrol says Boucher is doing the right thing. They want drivers to follow Chelsea's example and slow down when driving through the area. They say if there's a crash in this area, traffic could be reduced to a standstill while crews try to get to the accident.

"If you're late, you're late," says Captain Chuck Cargin, with the Colorado State Patrol. "By rushing, all you're doing is risking lives - both your life and other people."

You can expect these delays, with traffic down to one lane in each direction, for the next two weeks.



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