Officials from CDOT, City of Fort Collins, and Town of Windsor Celebrate Completion of I-25/State Highway 392 Interchange Improvement Project

November 30, 2012 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Project finished on budget, ahead of schedule.

LARIMER/WELD COUNTIES — Today, Friday, November 30, officials from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Town of Windsor, and the City of Fort Collins celebrated the completion of the Interstate 25 at State Highway (SH) 392 interchange improvement project, which finished on budget and months ahead of schedule.

“This is a special day for northern Colorado,” said CDOT Chief Engineer Tim Harris. “With the completion of this project, traffic in this rapidly growing area of the state can be much better accommodated, and travel will be safer and more efficient. It is our hope and expectation that this interchange will allow for continued growth and economic development in northern Colorado for many years to come.”

The $17.5 million project replaced the SH 392 bridge over I-25 with one that is wider to accommodate two lanes in each direction as well as a left-turn lane in each direction. A six-foot bike lane and a 6 ½ foot sidewalk were added on each side of the bridge, the frontage road on the west side of the interchange was realigned, and the ramps were designed to accommodate more traffic. Finally, an expanded 90-space carpool/vanpool lot was constructed in the southwest corner of the interchange.

“The interchange at I-25 and State Highway 392 is a remarkable example of regional cooperation,” said City of Fort Collins Mayor Karen Weitkunat. “Along with enhancing safety and easing congestion, improvements will also protect viewsheds, enable economic activity, and conserve surrounding wetlands. The end result is a new gateway reflective of our thriving communities and the region.”

Currently, SH 392 over I-25 carries 18,900 vehicles a day and that number is expected to increase to 44,300 vehicles a day by 2035. In addition, the ramps at the interchange currently carry 4,800 vehicles a day with projections showing an increase to 15,200 vehicles a day. The interchange improvements have been designed with the 2035 traffic projections in mind to accommodate additional growth and future improvements to I-25.

“As one of the primary gateways of Windsor, this project truly epitomizes the “can do” effort of government partnerships,” said Windsor Mayor John Vazquez. “It’s been a great pleasure to work with the City of Fort Collins and CDOT on making this a valuable long-term transportation enhancement to Windsor and Northern Colorado.”

Edward Kraemer and Sons, Inc. was the contractor for this project. The project was funded by CDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the City of Fort Collins, and the Town of Windsor.

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