A image of an empty road with text that reads road work alert. News release

This information has been updated due to weather impacts.

March 08, 2024 – Due to weather impacts, the northbound South Academy Boulevard off-ramp closure to Bradley Road planned for March 8 and 9 will be rescheduled for Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. to Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m. to allow crews to install drainage pipe across the roadway.

A detour will be in place: traffic intending to exit northbound South Academy Boulevard to Bradley Road will continue north to Milton E. Proby Parkway, turn right and travel to Hancock Expressway, turn right and continue to Bradley Road.

A detour and closure map of the MAMSIP project.

Also, drivers traveling from US 85/87 to enter northbound South Academy Boulevard can anticipate a 24-hour ongoing on-ramp closure and shift to a new temporary on-ramp beginning Monday afternoon, March 11, as crews perform work on roadway and utilities in the area. The ramp lane width be reduced to 12 feet, and speeds will be reduced to 30 MPH. This closure will be in effect approximately 5-6 months.

Effective Feb. 21, two westbound lanes on South Academy Boulevard are open, along with a single eastbound lane using the westbound South Academy bridge over Fountain Creek. Speeds across the detour cross over lanes and across the bridge will remain reduced to 35 MPH. Bridge lanes will be 11 feet wide with a 2-foot shoulder. Oversize loads will not be allowed on the bridge during this closure.

Motorists are advised to use caution at all entrance ramps as merge lengths have been shortened. In particular, motorists should be prepared to stop on the US 85/87 on-ramp to eastbound South Academy since merge area is greatly reduced. Work crews are installing signage and flashing beacons to alert traffic to the new lane lengths.

All lanes of Bradley Road under South Academy Boulevard will be shifted to the center of the roadway ongoing to allow crews to perform work on new bridge piers.

A left lane closure is ongoing for northbound and southbound South Academy Boulevard over Bradley Road to allow crews to perform bridge work.

These closures are weather dependent and subject to change.

A detour and closure map of the MAMSIP project.

Traffic Impacts

South Academy Boulevard Widening Project

  • Monday afternoon, March 11 | Full closure of existing northbound South Academy Boulevard on-ramp from US 85/87. Traffic will shift to temporary on-ramp, to be in place for approx. 5-6 months
  • Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. – Saturday, March 16, 3 p.m. | Full closure of northbound South Academy Boulevard off-ramp to Bradley Road – detour in place
  • Ongoing full closure of eastbound South Academy Boulevard bridge over Fountain Creek – detour in place
  • Ongoing northbound and southbound left lane closure at South Academy Boulevard over Bradley Road
  • Ongoing shift of all lanes on Bradley Road 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.

Safety Benefits

CDOT conducted a safety assessment for the corridor to evaluate the magnitude and nature of safety problems and analyze the causes of crashes. These transportation improvements are mitigation measures to reduce crashes, improve infrastructure, and address physical deficiencies that contribute to crashes in the corridor. Over the next twenty years, the project is estimated to result in fewer deaths, injuries, and crashes on the four MAMSIP corridors.

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