Public Invited to Hearing for New Pueblo Freeway

December 1, 2011 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - PUEBLO – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are holding a public hearing next week on the future of Interstate 25 through Pueblo.

It is being held on Thursday, December 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Pueblo Convention Center, 320 Central Main Street.  A presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., will provide information about the proposed alternatives.  Displays also will be set-up for viewing, with project team members available to answer questions.

Citizens are encouraged to attend and provide verbal or written comments on the proposed alternatives presented in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the New Pueblo Freeway.  Comments received during the hearing will be officially documented by a court reporter.

The purpose of the project is to improve safety on I-25, through Pueblo, by replacing deteriorating roadways and bridges, and improving local and regional mobility to meet existing and future travel demands.  Two alternatives were developed through an extensive community-wide public process and input from numerous stakeholders.  Some key improvements include:

  • Widening the highway to three lanes in each direction
  • Straightening I-25 through downtown
  • Reconstructing interchanges to improve safety and traffic flow
  • Adding or widening shoulders
  • Constructing trails and bridges to enhance bicycle and pedestrian safety

Those unable to attend the public hearing are encouraged to review the document online and comment at through December 19, 2011.  A hard copy of the document also is available for review at several locations listed on the website.

All comments received at the public hearing and during the review period will be addressed and considered before the final EIS, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2012.

Please contact Public Involvement Specialist Glenn Ballantyne at (719) 543-1766 or via email at [email protected] if you need a Spanish interpreter, transportation to and from the Public Hearing or require accommodations due to a disability.