Portion of Midland Trail to close permanently July 20

Map courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation
Map courtesy Colorado Department of Transportation

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Beginning the morning of Monday, July 20, crews on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Interstate-25/Cimarron Interchange Design-Build Project will close the Midland Trail I-25 underpass into America the Beautiful Park as they begin a series of trail improvements.

“The permanent closure of this trail access under I-25 is a necessary first step to some of the key improvements coming with this project,” said Dave Watt, CDOT Project Director. “Once constructed, the new trail configuration will align closer to Fountain Creek and will provide a better experience for trail users overall. We ask that trail users be patient with the trail detour, as the long-term improvements will be a great benefit to the community.”

The access to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail off Colorado Avenue will remain open; and signed, clearly marked Midland Trail detour routes will be in place for users to navigate around the closure until the new trail configuration opens in summer 2017.

All construction schedules are subject to change based on weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Midland Trail Detour: Eastbound trail users will take S. Chestnut Street north to W. Cucharras Street, continue as it becomes S. Walnut Street and connects to Colorado Avenue, then take Colorado Avenue east under I-25 to the Greenway Trail or continue on Colorado Avenue to Cimino Drive to access America the Beautiful Park and connect back to the Midland Trail.

PROJECT INFORMATION: The $113 million I-25/Cimarron Interchange Design-Build Project involves rebuilding the I-25 interchange between Colorado Avenue on the north and South Nevada Avenue to the south, 8th Street on the west and the Cimarron Street bridge over Fountain Creek on the east. Improvements are intended to provide enhanced operations, correct existing safety and design deficiencies, and to serve the anticipated short- and long-term travel demands in this area. When complete, this will be a high-functioning interchange that safely handles more vehicles and enhances multi-modal travel for those using I-25, US 24/Cimarron Street and the trail system along Monument and Fountain creeks. Substantial completion is planned for fall 2017.

For updated project information, visit http://www.codot.gov/projects/i25cimarronDB, call 719-302-6781 or email dot_i25cimarron@state.co.us.

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