Governor Polis joined CDOT, state and local officials on Friday at the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the I-25 Exit 11 interchange improvement project

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August 26, 2022 - Southeastern Colorado - Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico and representatives of Colorado Parks and Wildlife also spoke at the event

Las Animas County – Governor Jared Polis along with representatives from CDOT, state and local officials gathered for the ceremonial ribbon cutting on the newly constructed west roundabout on Friday to celebrate the imminent completion of this important regional infrastructure project. Trinidad Mayor Phil Rico and representatives of Colorado Parks and Wildlife also spoke at the event.

Governor Jared Polis giving a speech in Trinidad

“Coloradans, students, and visitors can now more easily and safely reach Fishers Peak, and support small businesses in downtown Trinidad. I was proud to designate Fishers Peak Colorado’s 42nd state park nearly two years ago to expand opportunities for outdoor recreation, support tourism, educational opportunities, and good-paying jobs and this new highway exit to Fishers Peak will expand access to this world-class state park.”

Work completed to date includes replacing the bridge and installing retaining walls for added strength and longevity, constructing new roundabouts at the east and west sides of the interchange to improve traffic flow, building new ramps and crossovers, and adding pedestrian facilities. CDOT expects the new bridge to open to traffic as early as August 29 and will remove the old bridge in the coming weeks.

Crews are almost finished connecting the southbound I-25 on-ramp to the west roundabout and County Road 69.1, and are expected to complete the east side roundabout and tie-in to the northbound I-25 off-ramp and the Santa Fe Trail by September. Ongoing work until project completion includes concrete flatwork, signage, and adding safety and aesthetic improvements to both sides of the interchange.

Exit 11 is located 11 miles north of the Colorado/New Mexico border on I-25 and is a vital link to area parks and recreational destinations. It also serves commercial motor vehicles at its Port of Entry which also received upgrades as part of this project. These include improved ingress/egress and wider turning capacity for oversized loads.

CDOT invites Las Animas County community members and other interested parties to visit the project’s website for a background on the project and to view project milestones and progress photos. The project is expected to be fully complete by November.

Ceremonial ribbon cutting for the I-25 Exit 11 interchange improvement project

Traffic Impacts

Motorists can expect the following impacts through completion. These include:

Single right lane and shoulder closures will be in place in both directions of I-25 within the project limits.
Full closure of both directions of I-25 will exist during removal of the existing bridge
All roadways will remain open through the duration of the project.
Access to businesses and the Port of Entry will be fully maintained.
Lane closures and other traffic notices are posted weekly on

Project Information

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  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
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  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
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  • Be patient!

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