CDOT continues Wrong Way Preventive Project On Interstate 25 (Dates Updated)

July 23, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado - Night work and closure/detour to take place on CO 47 to US 50 - extended due to weather

LAS ANIMAS, HUERFANO, PUEBLO, EL PASO COUNTY- The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and contract partner Work Zone Traffic Control have made great progress, and continue to work expeditiously, on the wrong way preventive sign project in southern Colorado along Interstate 25. 

Due to inclement weather, project has been extended one night. Sign placement continues in Pueblo County with night work and full road closures on CO 47/Dillon Drive to US 50/Outlook Boulevard on July 22nd, 23rd and 24th from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.  Westbound motorists on CO 47 will be detoured at Dillon Drive to I-25 or westbound US 50 and eastbound motorists on US 50 will detour on Elizabeth. Detours signs will be set to route traffic.  The closure will allow crews to remove and replace overhead signs with a crane a boom truck and finish the needed striping. The night work and closure will allow for a very fast pace removal and clean and safe work area with no concerns for lane movements.  

The sign project started mid January, over 5 months ago, at the Colorado/New Mexico stateline. Crews have completed sign installation on 53 out of 77 ramps, up to Exit 114,  and completed 900 sings in Las Animas, Huerfano, and Pueblo County. The installation of additional static signs and increased pavement markings at each exit will help to minimize wrong way entry’s onto I-25, therefore, improving overall safety of the traveling public. 


Motorists can expect the following impacts on I-25 from mile point (MP) 0 to MP 163.5:

  • The project work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm from MP 93 - MP 163 and 7:00 pm - 7:00 am on I-25 at Exit 141 and Exit 149.
  • Occasional north and southbound single lane/shoulder closures. 
  • North and southbound single lane/shoulder closures on the On/Off Ramps.  

This $2.1 million project will include the installation and replacement of approximately 2,500 wrong way/roadway signs at 77 on-off ramp locations and highway pavement marking.  The anticipated completion date is Fall 2019. 



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!


To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.


CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located 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. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.