May 1, 2013 8:47 PM by Bill Folsom

Improvement projects bring detours and diversions to Colorado Springs

Detours and diversions for drivers are increasing in Colorado Springs as road work increases with warmer temperatures. The city budget in Colorado Springs has seen some improvement after years of belt tightening which allows for more work, but it is still necessary to pick priority projects. "Enhancement of our roadway system is dependent on funding," said Capital Projects Manager, Stuart King.

Many of this years projects are on major routes in the city. Some of them include: Bridge work on North Nevada Avenue, lane widening on Austin Bluffs Parkway near UCCS, also widening on Uintah that will add sidewalks and bike lanes.

Even though budgets are better, plans also include ways to stretch dollars.
Removing the lights at five points south of downtown is an example of a project happening because of funds from a source outside the city. "We have a federal grant for congestion and air quality mitigation to construct a round about at that location," said King

Some of the projects have already started, others will get underway soon.



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