North Gate Boulevard under Interstate 25 reopens to traffic at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. That segment has been closed to traffic since Sept. 22 so workers could expedite roundabout construction, improvements to North Gate Boulevard, and the removal of three outdated loop ramps.
While roundabout construction is complete, work will continue on the interchange, but will not interfere with traffic. However, drivers are reminded to stay alert and watch for crews working in the area.
"We certainly appreciate the patience and understanding of Air Force Academy staff, local businesses, commuters and residents during construction on North Gate Boulevard," said Dan Hunt, the Colorado Department of Transportation's project manager for the I-25 expansion project. "Being able to partially close the North Gate interchange considerably shortened construction time from three to four months to less than three weeks."
The two roundabouts, one at each point where the I-25 on- and off-ramps intersect North Gate Boulevard, are designed to improve traffic flow and increase safety at the respective intersections. "These are the first roundabouts associated with I-25 in the Pikes Peak region, but roundabouts are found in similar settings, particularly along I-70 in the mountains," said Hunt. "We understand some drivers may not feel comfortable with roundabouts, but studies prove that they improve traffic flow and reduce traffic backups. This is particularly important during special events at the Air Force Academy when traffic routinely backs up onto I-25 in both directions."