Governor commemorates Completion of I-25 Widening
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, along with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) celebrated the completion of the Interstate 25 Widening Project between Colorado Springs and Monument today.
The project, which began in March 2013, consisted of widening 11 miles of northbound and southbound I-25 from two to three lanes between Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs and State Highway 105 in Monument. In addition, it:
- Added auxiliary lanes at the on and off-ramps between Woodmen Road and Interquest Parkway
- Changed the ramp configuration and added roundabouts at the North Gate Boulevard Interchange
- Relocated and expanded the northbound truck chain-up area in Monument
- Will expand and relocate the Ackerman Overlook (completion expected winter 2014)
Kiewit Infrastructure Group was the prime contractor for the $66.4 million project. CDOT provided $50.4 million of the funding, with the FHWA and PPACG financing $8 million each.
“PPACG, as a strategic planning and funding partner with CDOT, is pleased to be part of the long awaited completion of the I-25 widening project through the Pikes Peak region,” said PPACG Executive Director Rob MacDonald. “This critical project alleviates the long identified concerns regarding public safety, congestion and economic development through a rebuilt, safe and less congested primary transportation corridor in the region. We look forward to the upcoming interchange projects as well as the other state highway projects prioritized in our region and funded through this effective partnership with CDOT. ”
With the completion of this project, a majority of I-25 now is a three or four lane highway between south Colorado Springs and downtown Denver, a distance of 54 miles.