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South­bound Santa Fe Drive was rerouted early Fri­day over the newly com­pleted bridge span­ning the South Platte River.

The switch means south­bound trav­el­ers on Santa Fe will be un­able to ac­cess south­bound In­ter­state 25 at that spot for a few months, ac­cord­ing to the Colorado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

North­bound driv­ers on Santa Fe Drive will still be able to ac­cess the south­bound I- 25 en­trance while the old south­bound bridge over the river is de­mol­ished, CDOT said. De­mo­li­tion is ex­pected to be com­pleted by March.

At that time, ac­cess to south­bound I- 25 will be closed to north­bound driv­ers on Santa Fe Drive and re­main in­ac­ces­si­ble un­til the sum­mer.

CDOT said the new in­ter­change, which it calls a “sin­gle- point ur­ban in­ter­change” and al­lows for si­mul­ta­ne­ous left- hand turns, is sim­i­lar to ones built at Santa Fe Drive and Evans Av­enue, and at Univer­sity Boule­vard and I- 25.

24- year sen­tence in drunken high- speed chase. A Dou­glas County

judge Fri­day sen­tenced a Fal­con man to 24 years in prison for lead­ing au­thor­i­ties on a high- speed chase while driv­ing drunk.

Dur­ing the pur­suit on In­ter­state 25 in Fe­bru­ary, 42- year- old Gar­rett Dean Neuge­bauer struck sev­eral ve­hi­cles, leav­ing two men in­jured.

Au­thor­i­ties say Neuge­bauer had a blood al­co­hol con­tent of .269, more than three times the le­gal driv­ing limit in Colorado of .08. At the time of the chase, Neuge­bauer had been con­victed of three prior al­co­hol- linked of­fenses and was wanted in Otero County.

The 18th Ju­di­cial District pros­e­cu­tors sayNeuge­bauer was leav­ing the Den­ver area in a Dodge pickup truck that be­longed to his boss af­ter hav­ing din­ner and drinks when a mo­torist re­ported see­ing him drive er­rat­i­cally.

When Dou­glas County deputies tried to stop him, Neuge­bauer fled onto south­bound I- 25, cut­ting and swerv­ing in and out of traf­fic while driv­ing more than 100 mph.

He struck sev­eral ve­hi­cles be­fore deputies de­ployed stop sticks, which blew out one of Neuge­bauer’s tires. Sparks from the tire ig­nited a blaze the size of about two foot­ball fields. Neuge­bauer fi­nally pulled into a park­ing lot where he was ar­rested.

In Oc­to­ber, Neuge­bauer was found guilty of sev­eral charges, in­clud­ing two counts of first- de­gree as­sault, ve­hic­u­lar elud­ing and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence with one prior con­vic­tion.

Firm paid $ 100,000 to cut down ea­gle nest B »

erie Prop­erty owner Sec­tion 4 In­vestors paid $ 100,000 to the U. S. Fish andWildlife Ser­vice to cut down a cot­ton­wood tree with a bald ea­gle’s nest near the in­ter­sec­tion ofWeld County 7 south of Colorado 52 in Erie.

Neigh­bor Jack Daniels told the Daily Cam­era said the amount seems like too small of a price to pay to dis­place an Amer­i­can icon.

Daniels said he’s up­set that, more than a month later, two or three bald ea­gles still fly around his house but do not ap­pear to have built a new nest. The ea­gles drink from a wa­ter tank Daniels has for his an­i­mals, he said. Daniels used to see as many as five bald ea­gles around the nest be­fore the tree was cut down late last year.

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