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I-25 rework from Garden of the Gods to Fillmore starting

Posted at 6:44 PM, Oct 20, 2023
and last updated 2023-10-23 08:11:28-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Work is starting to ease congestion along one of the common trouble spots on I-25 though Colorado Springs.

The two years of work between the Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Sreet Interchanges is scheduled to start by the 30th of October.

“Have it be much more natural to be able to come on and off the highway,” said Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Program Engineer, John Hall.

Less stop and more go is the goal.

The road will not be widened.

Instead, this a redesign and rework with improvements.

The northbound onramp on Fillmore ends not far up the road.

It is similar with the southbound onramp from Garden of the Gods.

The ending lanes mean drivers trying to get into regular lanes have to find space to merge very quickly.

“Those are exactly the things that contribute to the peak hour congestion we see there,” said Hall.

When space to merge gets tight there is often a domino effect of slowing.

The new plan makes the merge lane in both directions continuous from interchange to interchange.

“We're really excited once it gets done two years from now, you know, to have those longer auxiliary lanes continuous and really provide people a lot of room to merge on and off.

Abridge will be replaced and driving surfaces improved.

The timeline takes into account a slower pace for construction that will be necessary because of a decision to maintain three lanes for traffic throughout the project.

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