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With added traffic, Hwy 24 projects set to start this summer

Posted: 5:13 PM, May 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-29 19:13:55-04

Earlier this year, news of the Cog Railway to Pikes Peak closing indefinitely is something that concerned locals and tourists alike. 

With the railway’s shut down- a shuttle hopes to help out in getting visitors to Pikes Peak. 

The closure will likely mean additional people making the drive along Highway 24, which is set to have several construction projects through the fall. 

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) contractors will begin work on 2 intersections in the area. 

The first is adding an eastbound left turn lane on 31st St off of Hwy 24, additionally CDOT plans to get work done on the intersection at Ridge Road. 

CDOT expects those intersections to be completed by Oct. 31st. 

On June 11th, rock fall mitigation will begin on the highway from mile-marker 298 to 301- which will cause some congestion along the highway. 

CDOT says the week leading up to the hill climb they will halt the rock fall mitigation with the increased traffic. 

Additionally, CDOT says most of the work will get done from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to avoid early morning rush hour and evening traffic. 

El Paso County Commissioners hope to help out with the congestion by adding signs and even making changes to light times along the Highway 24 route. 

CDOT says a fiber optic installation project is also in the works for the summer from Manitou Springs to Woodland Park.