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.

Reopening of Marksheffel Road between Fontaine and Bradley - Saturday October 15 - Late Afternoon  - Paving of the closed portion of Marksheffel Road between Fontaine and Bradley Rd is scheduled for Friday and Saturday October 14th and 15th with the planned reopening of the road at approximately 5:00 pm on Saturday October 15th.   This portion of the roadway has been closed since September 19th to allow construction of the roadway and major drainage structures between Fontaine and the existing 4-lane section at the County/City line. During the closure, traffic has been detoured to Powers Blvd. The construction in this section includes 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. The north side of the Fontaine intersection will also be completed in conjunction with this closure. This area will still have ongoing construction which, at times, may require lane shifts.  Please drive with caution through this area as construction work will continue. Thanks you for your patience as we complete this link of the project.

Road Closure

Closure of West leg of Space Village Road intersection with Marksheffel Rd.: The west leg of the Space Village/Marksheffel Road Intersection will be closed for approximately 3 weeks beginning Monday, October 3 to allows construction of the next phase of the project.  North/south traffic will be maintained as well as access to/from the east leg of the intersection.  This closure is necessary to construct the western portion of the new roadway and reconfiguration of the intersection. Traffic will be detoured to SH 94 via US 24.  Access to local businesses will be maintained from the west. Thank you for your patience as we construct these improvements.

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

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