Weekend Lane Closures for I-25 North Express Lanes Project

July 24, 2014 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Denver Metro Area – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began the I-25 North Express Lanes project along a 6-mile stretch of I-25 from US 36 and 120th Avenue in October 2013.

For this project, one HOV/tolled Express Lane will be added in each direction of I-25 and will connect with the existing I-25 Express Lanes system. Work is ramping up and over the weekend of July 26, a single lane on Northbound I-25 will be closed between 84th Avenue and Thornton Parkway beginning Friday, July 25 at 10 p.m. to Monday, July 28 at 5:30 a.m. The on-ramp to northbound I-25 at 84th Avenue will also be closed.

During the weekend of August 1 through August 3, crews will closure a single lane on Southbound I-25 in the same area. This closure will also begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and the lane will reopen at 5:30 a.m. Monday morning.

The work being done during this 50 day work period will accommodate the lowering of I-25 pavement underneath the 88th Avenue. This work will improve the vertical clearance by approximately one foot. This weekend closure and the work to follow will impact thousands of motorists. In addition, other impactful closures will be implemented throughout the project including another weekend single lane closure in August.

It is necessary to increase the vertical clearance of this bridge to meet the current standard for bridge height which is 16 feet. The Express Lanes will be added to the inside shoulder where the bridge is at its shortest vertical clearance. Replacement of this bridge was not needed as the bridge is in sufficient condition.

“We have streamlined the lowering of the pavement from 100 days to 50 days in order to minimize impacts to the traveling public,” Andy Stratton, Project Engineer for the I-25 North Express Lanes said. “We understand that weekend travel is heavy along this stretch of roadway but by limiting the single lane closures to 2 weekends we can get maximum work accomplished with minimal impact to motorists.”

Improving our roadways is critical to meeting the transportation needs of Colorado and with limited funding to keep up with the demand for improvements and improved mobility, Colorado is looking at innovative methods of improvement. Express Lanes are one of those methods of improvement and this corridor has been selected to reap the benefits.

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