COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Eastbound vehicular and bicycle traffic on Platte Avenue will be diverted onto Galley Road between Wooten Road and the Powers Boulevard interchange 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 to 5 a.m. Thursday, July 22. The detour will be in place to move eastbound traffic onto the newly constructed side of the Platte Avenue over Sand Creek Bridge and return traffic to two eastbound travel lanes.
All business access will remain open throughout construction. Bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded of the restricted access around the site during construction. Work is weather and resource dependent.
The overnight detour signals the next phase of construction to replace the bridge as crews conduct median work between the east- and westbound lanes of traffic on the bridge. Replacement of the bridge is being conducted in phases moving from south to north.
The bridges (built in 1956) suffered from prior flood damage (2008) and overall degradation of the structures. The Platte Avenue over Sand Creek Bridge project will replace the two existing bridges with one bridge structure, and the addition of sidewalks along the north and south sides of Platte Avenue over the creek. Construction will also accommodate the future Sand Creek Regional Trail under the Platte Avenue bridge.
Platte Avenue is one of the city’s main east/west mobility corridors and the new bridge will accommodate future growth along the corridor by providing additional lanes on Platte Avenue, along with signalizing the intersection at Space Center Drive. Funding for the project totals approximately $14 million, funded in part by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and a federal grant.
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