I-25 Ilex project bridge work will require temporary lane reconfigurations, lane and ramp closures

September 13, 2019 - Southeastern Colorado

PUEBLO COUNTY — Motorists traveling northbound on I-25 will encounter alternating lane closures as crews set up a traffic shift between D Street and City Center Drive, on Sunday, September 15, from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.. The northbound D Street on-ramp and the northbound City Center Drive off-ramp will be closed as well.

The traffic shift will be in place for up to three weeks, and is required for crews to erect a barrier so work can be performed on the bridge over Gruma Drive.

From 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16, motorists traveling southbound on I-25 will encounter a left-lane closure from City Center Drive to D Street. Crews will be placing a barrier that will close the left shoulder for bridge work, and the closure will also be in place for as long as three weeks.

The bridge’s expansion joints are out of tolerance and need to be replaced. The repairs are expected to take three weeks.

Bridge work will be performed from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. once the traffic shift is in place.

Speeds are reduced to 45 miles an hour in the construction zone, and motorists can expect minimal delays on I-25. 

The project is expected to be complete in Fall of 2019.

The I-25 Ilex Street to City Center Drive project is the first project of the New Pueblo Freeway – the reconstruction of I-25 between City Center Drive and Ilex Street through downtown Pueblo. Construction includes upgrading several bridges south of downtown. The project began in July 2015, and is scheduled to be fully complete by Fall of 2019.


If you have questions or comments about the I-25 Resurfacing and Bridge Repair project, email the Public Information team at [email protected], or call the project hotline at 719-733-3490. Information about the project can also be found at  www.codot.gov/projects/ilexbridges


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.