Projects

I-25, Ilex Street to City Center Drive

Closures the Week of May 14

  • Starting 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, the I-25 northbound on- and off-ramps for Ilex Street/Exit 98A will close.
    How long will it last?
    • The northbound off-ramp will reopen the afternoon of Friday, May 19.
    • The northbound on-ramp remains closed until mid-June.
    Detours
    • Northbound I-25 motorists wishing to exit at Ilex Street/Exit 98A will be directed to the City Center Drive exit.
    • Motorists wishing to access northbound I-25 at Ilex Street/Exit 98A will be detoured north via Santa Fe Avenue to the City Center Drive I-25 northbound on-ramp.
  • From 7 a.m. - 10 p.m., from Wednesday, May 17 through Friday, May 19, Ilex Street will be reduced to a single lane of traffic with a flagger to direct motorists in and out of Runyon Field.
    • On the afternoon of Friday, May 19, the Exit 98A northbound off-ramp will re-open. At that time, Ilex Street will be permanently closed.
    • Northbound I-25 traffic from Exit 98A will access Santa Fe Avenue via the new D-Street extension.
    • Motorists will also access businesses and Runyon Field via the new D-Street Extension.
    • Motorists wishing to access northbound I-25 at D Street/Exit 98A will be detoured north via Santa Fe Avenue to the City Center Drive I-25 northbound on-ramp.

Project Progress

About 13 months into the I-25 Ilex Street to City Center Drive project in Pueblo, construction is progressing smoothly with minimal impact to travelers in the area.

Rehabilitation of Mesa Avenue over I-25 has begun, and crews are currently working on the roadway, bridge deck and substructure.

Foundation and substructure of I-25 over Indiana Avenue is underway, along with pile foundation work at Gruma Drive, and a Consolidated Mainline Bridge.

Installation of the D Street Mechanically Stabilized Earth Panel Walls continues.

The project is expected to be completed in 2018.


Schedule and Traffic Impacts

Normal working hours are from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be some nighttime and weekend work as needed.

Please use caution and stay alert while traveling through the construction zone.

In 2000, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and CDOT initiated an Environmental Impact State Study (EIS) as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of I-25 through Pueblo, Colorado. This project was designed with respect for the traditions and trends of the Pueblo community, and is consistent with the New Pueblo Freeway EIS and aesthetic guidelines established for the I-25 corridor through Pueblo.

CDOT started this project in July 2015. The first segment of construction consists of replacing bridges on I-25 between Ilex Street and City Center Drive. Work includes rehabilitation of bridges on:

  • northbound I-25 over Santa Fe Avenue (US 50C);
  • I-25 over Indiana Avenue;
  • Santa Fe Avenue (US 50C) over the Arkansas River; and
  • Northern Avenue and Mesa Avenue over I-25.

The project was designed with respect for the traditions and trends of the Pueblo community. One section of the recently installed D Street wall panels displays the image of a baseball player, paying homage to Pueblo's beloved pastime.

The I-25/Ilex Design-Build project team is taking care to comply with environmental requirements and develop processes so work activities are protective of human health and the environment.

Funding

This project receives 60 percent Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) funds and 40 percent Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnership (RAMP) funds.

  • FASTER funding legislation pays for safety projects and repairs for structurally deficient bridges as well as safety improvements to Colorado’s key corridors.
  • RAMP program funds help move projects forward by funding multi-year projects based on year of expenditure, rather than saving for the full amount of a project before it starts.

Project Facts
 

  • Cost:
    $69 million

Project Team

  • Contractor(s): Flatiron Construction
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