El Paso County, CO, July 14, 2017 – El Paso County and Widefield Investment Group celebrated their partnership Thursday afternoon and opened a new 1.3-mile stretch of Mesa Ridge Parkway that will allow southern El Paso County travelers another way to access Interstate 25 and the eastern part of the county.
“This will give residents more options. They will be able to get to I-25 and Fort Carson more easily and have another, less congested option when traveling north to the Powers (Boulevard) corridor,” said District 4 Commissioner Longinos Gonzalez, who represents Fountain and the rest of southeastern El Paso County. “It is an important new connector to an identified growth area of the Fountain Valley.”
Gonzalez, County Engineer Jennifer Irvine and Mark Watson of Widefield Investment Group, who represents the developer of the project, each spoke Thursday, July 13, 2017, during the official opening of the connector and the new intersection where Mesa Ridge Parkway meets Marksheffel Road. Shortly after the ceremony, Watson’s team removed “Road Closed” signs to officially open the road.
The new roadway was constructed and funded by Widefield Investment Group in compliance with El Paso County requirements established through the Planning and Community Development process.
“This project was part of a great partnership with a long time local developer in the community,” Jennifer Irvine said. “Completing the Mesa Ridge Parkway connection is a significant investment into our community.”
The new roadway connects the northern part of the City of Fountain and Interstate 25 to the recently completed Marksheffel Road South Improvement Project. During that more than $32 million project, El Paso County completed major safety and capacity improvements to the 11-mile Marksheffel Road major transportation corridor south of U.S. 24. Sections of the highway were widened; new shoulders were installed and dangerous curves were straightened. A ribbon cutting was held in late May.