Crews to begin final paving May 4 on I-25/Ilex Project

April 29, 2019 - Expect lane and ramp closures.

From May 4 through mid-June, crews will complete bridge work (inlcuding membrane placement on bridges), final paving and striping on the I-25/Ilex Design-Build Project. More than 10,000 tons of asphalt is required to complete the top mat paving on I-25.

CDOT's has demonstrated its focus on asset management throughout this project, for which crews have widened I-25 in each direction; straightened it through downtown; reconstructed interchanges to improve traffic flow and safety; widened and added shoulders to the highway; and constructed bridges and trails to enhance bike and pedestrian safety.

"This project has been designed to provide improved operations, safety and so much more,"" said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. "The work also improves local and regional mobility within and through the City of Pueblo to meet existing and future travel demands."

Travel Impacts

  • To complete the work, there will be alternating lane closures and ramp closures in both directions of I-25 between Abriendo Avenue and City Center Drive.
  • Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions, and speeds reduced to 45 mph. Many of these closures will be in at all times.
  • Traffic delays are expected.
  • Construction schedules are subject to change based on weather/unforeseen circumstances.
  • Lane reduction times and dates may fluctuate, so watch for the weekly travel advisories with the most up-to-date information.
  • Alternative routes are suggested.

"We are not done quite yet with construction, and I would like to remind travelers that we have extensive lane closures, which require the traveling public to pay attention, slow down and be patient," said Karen Rowe, transportation director for CDOT's Southeast Colorado region.

CDOT thanks motorists and the surrounding businesses for their cooperation during this project and commitment to safety. CDOT recently launched "Whole System, Whole Safety" to emphasize safety every day for the people who build, use and maintain the roads.

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers; drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!

Stay Informed


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and airports, and administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state's intermodal mobility options.