N. Purcell asphalt-milling to begin Sept. 18

PUEBLO - The North Purcell Boulevard Widening Project is scheduled to begin asphalt-milling operations mid-morning on Monday, September 18 on the closed 1.8-mile section of N. Purcell Blvd.  Milling consists of the old asphalt being ground up into small chunks that will be recycled and added into the road base for the new asphalt.  
 
On Thursday, September 14, N. Purcell Blvd. closed between Fairbanks Drive and Interstate 25 for an asphalt-replacement project, which is part of Phase 3 of the N. Purcell Blvd. Widening Project.  
 
The scene, in the area of the closure, will be the most visually active on Monday, September 18, since construction began on September 14.  Prior to September 18, the contractor focused on moving gravel and vegetation away from the shoulder in order to avoid contaminating the road base for the new asphalt.          
 
The project has an estimated completion date of October 21, 2017 barring weather-related delays. 
 
The road was crumbling and showing early signs of failure in places due to the heavy construction traffic on the road during the construction of the Southern Delivery System. The age of the pavement of the existing road is well beyond the lifespan it was designed for as well.  The North Purcell Boulevard widening project is being funded with money paid to Pueblo County for reconstruction of haul route roads by Colorado Springs as part of the conditions of the 1041 permit for the Southern Delivery System.
 
Since the first week of the project, Pueblo County has been posting weekly updates on any expected delays, lane closures and the progress of the project on Pueblo County’s website and social media platforms to help keep the public informed of any potential delays or inconveniences.
 
CONTACT:     For more information or interview requests, please contact Paris Elliott, Pueblo County Community Information Manager at elliottp@pueblocounty.us or 719-252-8550.