Posted: Feb 5, 2013 11:14 AM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Feb 5, 2013 11:34 AM
Within a year, traffic should be moving a little faster along I-25, at least from the Woodmen exit in Colorado Springs on up to Monument. The Colorado Department of Transportation officially started its widening project Monday, to make the interstate six lanes instead of four on that stretch of highway.
"We're very excited, I've been working on this project for a little over a year to get to this point, so it's kind of satisfying to get to here," said CDOT Project Manager Dan Hunt.
But you won't find crews working in the daytime just yet. Instead they'll be out all hours of the night, from 8:30 pm to 5:30 am, drilling out samples of the highway to prepare for the real construction in March.
"they (the contractor) will use those samples to determine their pavement design for the asphalt they'll be putting down for the widening," explained Hunt.
This process is called "coring" and it's the first step in the major project to widen I-25. Hunt said with this project, they hope to impact drivers as little as possible. The contractor has agreed to keep lanes open and work at night as well as daytime hours.
"It's construction, there are always slow downs during construction, but we're doing our best to minimize impact to the traveling public," said Hunt.
Construction is scheduled to finish by the end of 2013, weather permitting said Hunt..
In the meantime, drivers can expect lane closures over the next two weeks from 8:30pm to 5:30am. CDOT said only one lane will be shut down at a time and the closures will only stretch a mil each. This affects areas from the Woodmen exit to Monument.