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Pueblo Boulevard construction hits halfway point

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A major construction project has reached its halfway point and you can expect major changes along Pueblo Boulevard come Monday.

All traffic will be shifted over to the northbound lanes.

Even before construction began earlier this year, heading down Pueblo Boulevard hasn't exactly been an easy ride.

"Pueblo Boulevard was in pretty bad shape, it was a pretty bumpy ride and it was not a pleasant commute," Michelle Peulen, a spokesperson for CDOT said.

That's why CDOT has stepped in to re-do the entire stretch from Highway 50 all the way down to the City Park exit.

"With one lane in each direction, it has definitely slowed traffic, we have a 45 mile an hour speed limit and we encourage folks to slow down because obviously it's put a lot of traffic in one lane," Peulen said.

The $9.6 million rehab project includes tearing up the old Pueblo Boulevard and putting down a new one.

Starting with the southbound lanes over the past few months and moving over to the northbound lanes come Monday.

"With this split road that we've got, we were able to close off two lanes, finish the project and then we'll move over to the other side. So it's allowed for a very safe work zone and they've been able to move the project along in a much quicker manner," Peulen said.

But it was a rough start for businesses nearby.

"Initially, it was very difficult to get through, get in and out, it was frustrating, there wasn't a clear in or out, really frustrated with not being able to turn in or out," Mary Mead, the Pueblo Motorsports Park CEO said.

Mead said it's been difficult to get her racers trailers in and out of the traffic.

"We have these beautiful cars, beautiful trucks, beautiful motor homes that come in and park and they're very long so they have a very difficult time transitioning through all that, maneuvering through the little thin roads," she said.

CDOT working closely with them on big weekend events and they say, it'll be worth it.

"We look at it as a temporary inconvenience for a great payoff in the end," Peulen said.

CDOT is encouraging everyone traveling down Pueblo Boulevard in the coming months to leave a few minutes early, take it slow and don't get distracted behind the wheel.

The goal here is for the total project to finish up by the end of the year.

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