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November 28, 2023- Effective immediately there will be a full closure of westbound South Academy Boulevard between US 85 and I-25 over Fountain Creek. This will be an ongoing closure for scour bridge investigation and countermeasures. Drivers should use alternate routes.

Detours will be in place:

  • Westbound South Academy Boulevard will be closed from US 85 to I-25.
  • Traffic needing to use westbound South Academy Boulevard from US 85 should use CO 16 or I-25 south of US 85 to continue on northbound I-25 to access westbound South Academy Boulevard west of I-25.
  • Traffic needing to access the Stratmoor Valley neighborhood shall use northbound I-25 and exit South Academy Boulevard continue east and exit at Hartford Street to enter neighborhood.

Traffic Impacts

South Academy Boulevard Widening Project

  • Ongoing full closure of westbound d South Academy Boulevard over Fountain Creek beginning Tuesday night, November 28
  • Friday, December 1, 7 p.m. to Saturday, December 2, 7 p.m., full closure of Bradley Road under the South Academy Boulevard bridge
  • Ongoing northbound and southbound left lane closure at South Academy Boulevard over Bradley Road, in place for approximately 5 months
  • Ongoing northbound auxiliary lane closure on South Academy Boulevard between Hartford Street and Fountain Creek. This auxiliary lane will be closed through mid-December
  • Ongoing shift of all lanes on Bradley Road to north side and south side of roadway under South Academy Boulevard bridge
  • Ongoing closure of the Fountain Creek Regional Trail under South Academy Boulevard

Project Overview

South Academy Boulevard Widening Project

The improvements to South Academy Boulevard in this project are located on South Academy Boulevard at the southern mile and a half of this arterial road from the I-25 interchange, crossing US 85/87, and continuing to the road’s approach to Milton Proby Parkway (which connects to Powers Boulevard/CO 21). Construction focuses on widening an approximately 1.5-mile section of South Academy Boulevard from two lanes to three in each direction to alleviate recurring congestion. The project includes improved drainage facilities, lighting, striping, and expanded shoulders, modified merge lanes, sound walls and bridgework. The project is expected to be complete by early 2026. This project is managed by El Paso County.

Project Contact Information

Website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/militaryaccesssafetyimprovements

Email: I25CO94.mamsip@gmail.com

Hotline: 719-800-2162

Register for Alerts: Text MAMSIP to 888-970-9665