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PUEBLO – The two-mile section of North Purcell Boulevard between Fairbanks Drive and Interstate 25, in Pueblo West, Colorado, will be closed for 45 days beginning on or after Tuesday, September 5 for an asphalt replacement project.
The recommended alternate route to access I-25 is Platteville Boulevard. Pueblo County’s Engineering and Public Works Department realizes this closure will be inconvenient for some drivers and hopes drivers can remain patient as workers complete the project to make the future drive smoother.
Engineering and Public Works evaluated several options to try and keep this section of N. Purcell Blvd. open during construction, including one-way traffic led by pilot cars and flaggers.
The delays that would have been created with one-way traffic led by a pilot car during the daytime were anticipated to be equal to or greater than the time it would take to use the recommended alternate route. One-way daytime traffic operations would also have had a significantly higher cost and would have taken approximately 60 to 75 calendar days to complete the project.
Engineering and Public Works also evaluated night traffic operations with the road open. However, due to the lack of street lights in this section of N. Purcell Blvd., safety issues would arise due to poor visibility, rough roads, gravel surfaces and shoulder drop-offs.
Bids for the construction work have been opened, however the actual contract for the project has not been formally awarded by the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners.
The project is being paid for by monies paid to the County by Colorado Springs Utilities for reconstruction of haul route roads as a condition of the 1041 permit for the Southern Delivery System (SDS) approved by the Pueblo Board of County Commissioners.
Safe driving tips for traveling through cone zones are available on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website here: https://www.codot.gov/programs/cone-zone/safe-driving-tips.html