Construction starts on new bike lanes along Pikes Peak Ave.

Posted at 7:43 AM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-12 09:43:09-04

A downtown Colorado Springs street is undergoing some changes that could have an impact on your morning commute starting today!  

We told you the city is adding new bike lanes, but these aren’t your typical bike lanes! They’re going to be physically protected from vehicle traffic. 

Pikes Peak Avenue is undergoing a facelift from Cascade Avenue all the way to Shooks Run Trail. The construction will shrink Pikes Peak down to one lane in each direction. From Nevada to Cascade the finished project will include a 5 ft. buffer for backing motorists. From Corona to Nevada the lanes will be re-striped with parking protected lanes including a metal rail between cars and cyclists. 

Some good news for downtown commuters, much of the construction will happen before your drive to work!  

"We’re trying to limit the impact on downtown so much of our striping will happen in the morning before the work day starts," said Colorado Springs Senior Bicycle Planner Kate Brady. "Because the change is pretty dramatic, we want to do it block by block and make sure things are complete before people get in their cars and get on the roadway."

Construction will take place through Friday from 3 to 7 a.m. It’s part of the Experience Downtown Master Plan. 

They’re hoping to finish all the striping by tomorrow morning and start adding the rails over the next two days.