Construction is now underway to replace the Circle Drive Bridges. Originally built in 1963, the City of Colorado Springs is replacing all four bridges, which serve as vital connection in the southeast area. The project is anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2025.
The first phase of the project will construct new eastbound bridges alongside the current bridges. Once the new bridges are open, the traveling eastbound traffic will shift from the original eastbound bridges to the newly constructed bridges. Then new westbound bridges will then be constructed, and westbound traffic will shift over to those new bridges. The public will experience traffic impacts, such as lane shifts, trail detours, and minimized speeds within the work zone.
Pikes Peak Greenway Trail will have a detour in place during the project. To avoid the construction site, the trail will detour onto Janitell Road and Circle Drive.
At more than 800 feet long and 60 feet above Fountain Creek, the current structures carry two lanes of traffic in both directions. The bridges span over Fountain Creek, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad (BNSF), the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), the FMIC (Irrigation), Las Vegas Street, Hancock Expressway, and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail
The project is funded through Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) Priority A-list. More information on the project is available at coloradosprings.gov/CircleDrBridges.