I-25, Ilex Street to City Center Drive

On Tuesday, July 17, the I-25 southbound on-ramp at City Center Drive/Exit 98B closed. That ramp—as well as the southbound off-ramp to Santa Fe Avenue/US 50 (exit 98A)—will remain closed until December 2018.

Note: Also on July 17, the southbound I-25 on-ramp at Santa Fe Avenue/US 50 (exit 98A) re-opened.

Southbound I-25 motorists wishing to exit at Santa Fe Avenue/US 50 (exit 98A) should use the City Center Drive exit (98B) and follow detour signs along Santa Fe Avenue.

Project Facts

  • Time Frame: July 2015 - December 2018
  • Cost: $69 million
  • Contractor(s): Flatiron Construction

In July 2015, crews started work on this project, which will replace bridges on I-25 between Ilex Street and City Center Drive in Pueblo. Work also includes:

  • rehabilitating bridges on northbound I-25 over Santa Fe Avenue (US 50C), I-25 over Indiana Avenue, on Santa Fe Avenue over the Arkansas River, and on Northern Avenue and Mesa Avenue over I-25.
  • designing and building a new bridge on I-25 over Union Pacific Railroad.
  • improving on- and off-ramps from City Center Drive to D Street.
  • improving the surfaces of D Street, Bennett Street, Clark Street and Santa Fe Avenue.
  • construcing a new, safer intersection at D Street and Santa Fe Avenue.

Crews anticipate traffic will be in its final configuration in December 2018.

  • Bridge over Thomas Phelps Creek Trail
  • D Street concrete walls and bridge construction
  • Gruma Drive concrete walls and bridge
  • Santa Fe interchange
  • Existing bridge demolition
  • Green Truss bridge deck pour

Two years after the groundbreaking, the I-25/Ilex Street to City Center Drive project has seen major progress, including the following:

  • Indiana Bridge (COMPLETE)
  • Mesa Bridge rehabilitation (COMPLETE)
  • Northern Avenue Bridge (COMPLETE)
  • Truss Bridge completion (BY END OF 2017)
  • MSE Wall along soutbound I-25 on-ramp from Santa Fe Avenue (COMPLETE)
  • Pond A grading and concrete flatwork by Guma Drive (COMPLETE)
  • Phase 1 storm drainage installation (COMPLETE)
  • City Center southbound on-ramp closure and re-opening in a temporary configuration (COMPLETE)
  • Clark Street/D Street intersection (COMPLETE)
  • Santa Fe Avenue southbound on-ramp closure for new interchange work (IN PROGRESS)
  • Phase 2 MSE walls (IN PROGRESS)
  • Pike driving at Guma Drive (IN PROGRESS)

The project is expected to be completed in December 2018.

  • Normal working hours are from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Speeds have been reduced to 25 mph in both directions of Northern Avenue from Elm Street to Taylor Avenue, and on southbound Santa Fe Avenue from Locust Street to Santa Fe Drive.
  • Speeds have been reduced to 45 mph on I-25 over Santa Fe (US 50C).

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

Upcoming Work

  • D Street ramp improvements including new walls, embankment, roadway and drainage
  • Iron Phoenix walls, abutments and bridge work
  • Approach slabs and drainage throughout project
  • Phase 3 of northern rehabilitation including sidewalk, roadway, and curb and gutter
  • Truss bridge over Arkansas deck pour, sidewalk, roadway and drainage

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.

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.

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