Please Note: Tolling will begin on US 36 on July 22! Whether you plan on driving solo or as an HOV on the US 36 or I-25 Express Lanes, it's important to get a pass so that you can use these lanes. Create an ExpressToll account here, and order your pass today!
In October 2013, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) began a safety and mobility project on a 6-mile segment of I-25 between US 36 and 120th Avenue. The project will maximize the use of the existing highway infrastructure to expand the capacity of I-25 by adding one HOV/tolled Express Lane in each direction. In addition, the project will resurface the existing lanes along this 6-mile stretch.
The new Express Lanes will connect directly with the existing I-25 Express Lanes leading into and out of downtown Denver, providing motorists with the option of carpooling or paying a toll for a more reliable commute, or utilizing the existing general purpose lanes for free.
Flatiron Constructors Inc. is the contractor for this project, which is scheduled for completion in October 2015.
Photo: A new sound wall constructed on northbound I-25 near 120th Avenue.
To date, the project is approximately 64 percent complete. Currently, crews are performing median demolition and replacement of barrier rail. Work has begun on constructing the new HOV lanes, which includes paving and striping, as well as electrical work for light poles and overhead signage.
A major milestone for the project was completing final asphalt overlay, which included the milling and smoothing of the profile at 88th Avenue. This overlay stretches along northbound I-25 from end to end of the project.
Upcoming work will focus on completing the sound walls along northbound I-25 near the CDOT maintenance yard at 76th Avenue. Property owners and residents with homes that abut to the sound walls will be contacted by the project team regarding this upcoming phase of work.
Working Hours and Impacts
Normal working hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and no lanes will be closed during the day. Night work, requiring double lane closures, will take place from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Some night work on Fridays as well as weekend work will take place as needed.
If you have questions about the project, please leave a message on the project hotline or email us. You will receive a response within 24 hours on business days. Sign up to receive alerts and updates by clicking on the project updates icon on the right side of this page.
Smart Commute Corner
Smart Commute Metro North, the official travel options partner for the I-25 North Express Lanes Project, is here to help YOU find relief during the two-year construction project. Smart Commute has created some great options to relieve the stress of driving alone on I-25 during rush hours.
- Get a free RTD 10-ride ticketbook to ride an express bus into downtown Denver
- “Drive for Free or Ride and Relax” in a Smart Commute vanpool for a flat rate of $100 a month
If you have to stay in your car, be sure to download CDOT Mobile to your smartphone to find out about current travel conditions on north I-25 and get further information about Smart Commute’s incentives.