Guardrail repairs will require a lane closure on southbound I-25 beginning Monday afternoon

Guardrail repairs will require a lane closure on southbound I-25 beginning Monday afternoon

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – After June was marked by road closures and even full closures of Interstate 25 in the Fountain area, July is kicking off with another road closure starting Monday and continuing into next week.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will close the right southbound lane, just south of South Academy Boulevard, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

The closure is intended to allow crews time to repair and replace two damaged sections of guardrail between mile markers 133 and 134. Guardrail repairs will pause after Wednesday’s service in preparation for heavier traffic over the Independence Day weekend. They will resume next Monday and continue through next week.

These portions are among the few remaining original guardrails from before the start of an 8-mile concrete paving project that began several years ago and was recently completed.

Over time, they have become dented, torn and even shredded by the impact of car accidents.

Because there is only a very narrow shoulder in that area, it is safer for CDOT to close the right lane and do the work during the day to protect workers.

To many motorists, it may seem like the projects on that stretch of I-25 will never end; however, CDOT spokesperson Amber Shipley insists they are winding down.

“They’re working on all those last little details,” she explained. “Just trying to make all the transitions go smoothly. And you know, when they had issues with the (paving) material last month, that obviously delayed us. We don’t like to close the highway without proper notice of our travels to the public because it’s such a busy corridor.”

Shipley said CDOT will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony later this year to officially end the $161 million Military Access, Mobility & Safety Improvement Project (MAMSIP), designed to increase traffic safety and access around local military installations – primarily Fort Carson and Schriever. Space Force Base.

Crews completed the remaining asphalt repaving last month; remaining items to be completed include removing concrete barriers, clearing debris that has accumulated underneath and completing the installation of wire railings in the median.