COLORADO SPRINGS – Expansion work is starting on the road going to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. “It is actually a very delicate project,” said Colorado Springs Streets Manager, Corey Farkas. The project has to meet two demands. One deals with heavy traffic to the zoo. The other considers that the road is in a residential neighborhood.
Technically there is widening happening to the road, only that description comes with explanation. There are selected narrow locations that will be expanded to the same width of other segments of the road. It makes room for new striping that will add an alternative center lane between the single travel lanes in each direction. “That will allow not only emergency vehicles to go down the middle lane during high traffic time, but also the folks that live there,” said Farkas. The alternate lane gives neighbors a turn lane
The widening work happens with replacement of curb and gutter along the road. That work happens over the next couple of months. Paving happens when it warms up after winter.