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All lanes of Interstate 25 at Exit 59 will be in final configuration by November 11

November 4, 2020 - Southeastern Colorado - The opening of all lanes coincides with finishing work on the northbound bridge at Butte Creek

PUEBLO, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation will shift all traffic in both directions of Interstate 25 at Exit 59 (Butte Rd) back into its original two-lane configuration by Wednesday, November 11. This shift coincides with near completion of Phase Two of a bridge replacement and drainage and safety improvement project that supports CDOT’s 40-year statewide multimodal plan to enhance the safety, mobility, and economic vitality of the state and their Whole System Whole Safety initiative

I-70 Exit 59

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

CDOT and contractor, TLM Constructors have replaced the northbound bridge at I-25, Exit 59 in Huerfano County to meet current FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) bridge structure, load and safety guidelines. 

Built in 1958 of prestressed concrete, the bridge was reconstructed with reinforced concrete and steel to maximize longevity and structural integrity to support increased traffic demands along the I-25 corridor. The southbound bridge at the same location was replaced last year and is fully operational. 

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

  • Single lane closures will still exist in both directions of I-25 at Exit 59 while crews perform final cleanup and finishing work.

  • Speeds are reduced and caution is advised.

  • Construction and lane closure schedules are weather dependent and subject to change.

  • Please refer to COTrip.org when planning your trips.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • The project began in November 2018 and will be substantially complete by late November. 

  • Crews will be onsite weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting November 12 to perform finishing work.

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE

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.

  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so

  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

  • 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.

  • Be patient!

COVID-19  

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO and practice social distancing, wear face masks, stay at home when possible, and avoid nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY. 

In early 2019, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative 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.

ABOUT CDOT

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.  

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