Marksheffel Road South

Project Status

Design was completed in 2015, and a construction contract awarded to Wildcat Construction at the end of 2015.  Construction is underway and is anticipated to be completed in summer 2017.  Phasing of construction will require road closures and detours to reconstruct portions of the roadway.  Notices of pending closures and detours will be provided as appropriate.

Road Closure

Marksheffel Road Closure between Fontaine Blvd. & Drennan Rd. : Beginning Monday September 19th, Marksheffel Road between Fontaine Blvd. and Drennan Rd will be closed  for road construction. The road is anticipated to be closed for approximately 4 weeks, reopening on or about October 14. Traffic will be detoured to Powers Blvd. during the closure period. This portion of the road will be closed to construct the new road between Fontaine Blvd and the existing 4-lane section at the County/City line. This construction will include major drainage structures including two large  box culverts  across the road, elimination of the sharp curve  by realigning a portion of the road, and reconstructing  a portion of the new road in its current alignment. Work to realign the road to eliminate the sharp curve in this section has already begun, but the road closure is necessary to complete the other major components in this stretch. The north side of the Fontaine intersection will also be completed  in conjunction with this closure. Thanks you for your patience as we complete this link of the project.

Marksheffel Road Closure Extended - The portion of Marksheffel Road between Drennan Road and the Peterson Air Force Base (PAFB) East Gate will be extended to approximately the end of September. This portion of the road was  closed on May 9 and was originally expected to open by September 9. The frequent heavy rains along with delays in getting some of the utilities along the corridor relocated have not allowed the contractor to  complete his work in this area as quickly as planned. Work necessary to reopen the road is currently forecast to be completed by September 30, 2016. This 3.5 mile section of Marksheffel Road is closed to allow removal of the old road and reconstruction of the new roadway.  The traffic detour using Bradley Road and Powers Boulevard will remain in place until the road is reopened. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we construct the new roadway.

Detour Route

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Proposed Improvements

The proposed improvements are broken into four zones:

  • Zone 1 – US 24 to Peterson Air Force Base (PAFB) east gate – this section will be reconstructed to 4 lanes with auxiliary lanes and signal modifications at the intersections.
  • Zone 2 - PAFB east gate to Drennan – this section will be reconstructed as a 2 lane section with shoulders.  Portions of this section will follow the existing roadway, and portions will follow a new alignment that will eliminate the sharp horizontal curves, and improve the vertical profile, resulting in an increase in the overall safety along this stretch. The north leg of the Drennan Road intersection will be reconfigured accordingly.
  • Zone 3 – This zone picks up at the end of the existing 4 lane section south of Bradley and extends to the future Mesa Ridge Parkway connection.  This section will be constructed as a 2 lane section with a continuous center turn lane and shoulders.
  • Zone 4 – Extends from the future Mesa Ridge Parkway connection to Link Rd/C&S intersection – This section will remain a 2 lane section but will be reconstructed to add shoulders and to reconfigure the severe horizontal curve just east of the Link Rd/C&S intersection.  This zone is being constructed in conjunction with the capital project but is being funded with PPRTA maintenance funds.

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Construction Activities Underway

  • Utility Relocations
  • Clearing & Grubbing operations
  • Fencing
  • Installation of Drainage structures and culverts
  • Earthwork and grading operations
  • Manhole adjustments
  • Potholing operations
  • Surveying
  • Road construction in Zones 3 &4 - Construction in zones 3 and 4 have resulted in a narrowing of the travel lanes and a reduced speed limit through the construction zone.
  • Road construction for Zones 2A and 2B will commence in May with extended Road Closure between Drennan Rd and PAFB East Gate.

Project Team

El Paso County, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, AECOM, Wildcat Construction
Key Stakeholders include City of Fountain, City of Colorado Springs, CDOT, Peterson Air Force Base

Project Schedule
Design 2013-2015
Property Acquisition 2014-2016
Construction 2016-2017

Project Budget
$31,428,015 (PPRTA)

THE PLAN

The Marksheffel South project was originally envisioned as a capacity improvement project that would widen the roadway from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. Learn more »

CONTACT US

dotweb@elpasoco.com or 719-520-6460

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