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Convoys from Fort Carson to disrupt I-25, Hwy. 115 Traffic

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Large convoys of military vehicles will likely cause disruption in traffic flow along several key travel routes beginning Tuesday.  Nearly 6,000 U.S. Army soldiers will head from Fort Carson's Mountain Post near Colorado Springs to the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site near Trinidad for a two-week training exercise called Operation Raider Focus.

Around 1,200 military vehicles, including more than 300 Stryker armored vehicles, will travel south on State Highway 115 from Fort Carson's Gate 6 and south on Interstate 25 from Gate 20, driving approximately 30 miles per hour on Hwy. 115 and no faster than 40 miles per hour on the interstate.  Convoys will consist of roughly 30 vehicles at a time with 30-minute spacing between departures from the Mountain Post.  The purpose of the dual routes and staggered departures is to reduce the amount of obstruction for the rest of the traveling public, Fort Carson said.  However, drivers on Hwy. 115 can anticipate significant travel delays due to the convoy's slow speed and the roadway's no-passing zones in several portions between the Mountain Post and Penrose.

In Penrose, the vehicles utilizing the Hwy. 115 route will then turn onto eastbound U.S. Highway 50 and travel through Pueblo West.  From Pueblo, the vehicles will continue south on I-25 to U.S. Highway 160 in Trinidad, at which point they will head east on Hwy. 160 to U.S. Highway 350 and head northeast on Hwy. 350 to the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site.  State Highway 71 will also be utilized by some of the vehicles.

Colorado State Patrol will provide traffic control for the convoys.  "We are going to do our best to partner with them to be watching so that there aren't any dangerous actions around our convoys," said Capt. John Lupton of State Patrol.  Troopers worry about curious onlookers who may create safety hazards by stopping to salute the troops, wave, and take photos.  "We do have concerns about people stopping, waving, being on overpasses, anything like that," Lupton said.

Soldiers from Fort Carson, Fort Sill, Fort Bragg, and Fort Hood will participate in training at Piñon Canyon for two weeks before the convoys return northbound in early May.

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