September 2020
Project Update

The City of Colorado Springs and Circle Drive Bridges project team are currently working to complete final design plans for replacement of the bridges located on Circle Drive, east of Interstate-25, between Janitell Road to the south and Monterey Road to the north. The next phase will involve selection of a contractor, with construction expected to begin in 2021.

Once construction begins, it is anticipated to last approximately two years. During this time, the public may experience traffic impacts, such as detours, lane shifts and minimized speeds. The City is committed to providing community members with as much information as possible throughout construction.
Harrison High School Students Shift to
Virtual Project Ambassadors
Through the Circle Drive Bridges Student Ambassador Program, the project team is working with students from Harrison High School informing the public about the project and obtaining input that will result in a better overall project reflective of the needs and desires of the community. As Harrison High School shifted its program of learning to take place online in the spring, so too did the project team work to keep the students engaged in the program by transitioning activities to continue virtually. The Student Ambassador program is resuming this fall for the 2020-2021 school year when the students will create a plan for installing artwork on the new Circle Drive bridges as part of their legacy on the project. 

“The coronavirus pandemic has forced our youth to navigate unprecedented and uncharted territory adjusting to their new learning environment. Harrison High School Students are demonstrating their resiliency with the City’s Circle Drive Bridges Student Ambassador program.
The program is providing our students opportunities to actively learn about career options beyond high school and helping equip them to enter the workforce, technical/trade school or college. As part of the bridge reconstruction design effort, and in partnership with Harrison School District 2, our young participants are virtually learning about aspects of engineering, structural design, construction, environmental sciences, and public communication. A big take-away is that they are also experiencing problem-solving, critical thinking and self-knowledge. I applaud the City Engineering Department for connecting with the neighborhoods surrounding the Circle Drive Bridges and for involving the students who are the future beneficiaries of this impressive infrastructure project.”
--Yolanda L. Avila, City Councilmember District 4, City of Colorado Springs
Harrison High School Student Ambassadors on a field trip in October 2019 tour various art installations in Denver.

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Project Overview

About the Bridges
The eastbound and westbound lanes of Circle Drive are carried on a total of four bridges consisting of two sets of twin structures. At more than 800’ long in total and 60’ above Fountain Creek the structures carry two lanes of traffic in both directions. They span over Fountain Creek, the BNSF railroad, the FMIC (Irrigation), Las Vegas Street, Hancock Expressway and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.

Project Background
The Circle Drive Bridges were originally built in 1963. Over the past several years, the City has used available funding toward rehabilitation to keep these bridges in service.

After several in-depth analyses, an evaluation of initial capital and a review of overall life-cycle costs, the City has determined that replacing the bridges is the best solution. Given the extensive degradation of the existing structures, the rehabilitation option would be more expensive while not fully providing for the desired structural capacity. Based on current condition and as the bridges have exceeded their 50-year service life, a design process for a complete replacement of the bridges is now underway by the City.
Circle Drive Bridge - Close Up
Circle Drive Bridge - Distance
Anticipated Project Schedule

  • Preliminary Design: through early 2020
  • Final Design: Early 2020 – Early 2021 
  • Construction - TBD
Project Team 

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