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Mar 24, 2014 6:07 PM by Greg Dingrando

Delays expected with more construction on I-25

COLORADO SPRINGS - If you're driving on I-25 just north of Colorado Springs expect some delays.

The expansion and repaving work is still about a month away. This is more of a pre-cursor with little things like fixes to potholes, guard rails, lights and drainage issues.

"They're there for driver safety so we're getting that in because we can deal with the colder temps for that. The same with the lighting," said contractor Barry Grossman.

The area they're working is between Woodman Road and Monument. It's an area of construction drivers know all too well.

"It's been there for like forever," said one driver.

"Every time I hit Woodman. It's bumper to bumper. Its pretty bad backup," said Mariah Carroll.

And traffic is only part of the drivers' frustration. Some are angry at the construction itself or in some cases a lack there of.

"Sometimes there will be nobody out there, but there's signs and people getting tickets for speeding in construction zones but there's not construction going on," said one driver.

Contractors said they've heard that complaint before. Grossman said the reason is workers bounce around to both sides of the road so rather than moving the zone along with them the entire area is considered a construction zone meaning speeds are reduced.

As for workers, Grossman said just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't nearby.

"May not be as prevalent as when there's warmer weather so slow speeds are for construction worker's safety but also driver safety.

That doesn't exactly help driver's frustration, but some do see the light at the end of the tunnel.

"Right now i don't think its worth it. Its more problems than anything, but in the long run it will probably be a lot better," said Carroll.

The good news is most of work being done is on the shoulders so there shouldn't be too many lane closures. They're also doing the work in the middle of the day to avoid rush hour.

 

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