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Woodmen Road construction enters home stretch

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70 percent down.  30 percent to go.  That's the amount of work completed thus far on the 18-month, $31 million Woodmen Road Corridor Improvement Project, according to project engineer Clyde Pikkaraine.  "We have a lot of things to do before the weather turns on us," Pikkaraine said.

Phase 2 of the project, which began in May 2016, widens Woodmen Road to three lanes in each direction all the way from North Academy Boulevard to Powers Boulevard.  It also reconfigures the intersection with Union Boulevard into a Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI).  CLICK HERE to see how the CFI intersection at Woodmen and Union will work.  The grade of Woodmen Road approaching Lexington Drive is also being reduced by lowering Woodmen between Union and Lexington, an area of frequent trouble for drivers in icy weather.

Pikkaraine says the project is slightly behind schedule due to wet weather in July and August, but that progress can be made up in the coming weeks if weather cooperates.  A major traffic shift is set to begin Friday night when westbound traffic on Woodmen Road shifts to a new, lower section of roadway currently occupied only by eastbound traffic.  Lanes will shift beginning at the Lexington intersection.  Driveways for businesses on the north side of the 3200 block of Woodmen will be extended overnight Friday into Saturday to meet the new section of roadway.  Work will then begin to bring the remaining portion of Woodmen down to the lower grade.

Completion of the project is slated for late 2017.  Half of the project is funded by the voter-approved Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) one-percent sales tax.  The rest is funded by a combination of Federal grants and city dollars, Pikkaraine said.

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