I-25 fiber installation project between Walsenburg and New Mexico border beginning in late April

News Release

April 15, 2021 - Southeastern Colorado - ITS project anticipated to be complete in October 2022

LAS ANIMAS/ HUERFANO COUNTY — In late April, the Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Dillie & Kuhn will begin installing conduit and fiber along 50 miles of I-25 as part of CDOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Network Services. This work will support the future installation of traffic cameras along the highway. 

“Fiber installation supports the traveling public by allowing CDOT to proactively observe roadway conditions and communicate information to motorists more effectively,” says Shoshana Lew, executive director for CDOT. “In addition to the safety enhancements, adding fiber optic lines also provides an opportunity for enhanced rural connectivity.” The project is anticipated to be complete in October 2022.

Travel Impacts

  • Motorists can expect occasional single lane and shoulder closures.

  • Working hours will be 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 

  • No weekend work is anticipated.

  • Please drive safely through the work area when crews are present. 

Project Benefits 

ITS communication equipment monitors traffic flows, crashes and weather conditions along the highway to pass important information to commuters in the case of a change in weather conditions, crashes or road closures.

Project Information

For additional information about this project, contact the project team. 

About CDOT

CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options. 

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.

  • 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!