The slowdowns are part of an effort to improve safety for drivers and construction crews, according to a news release.
Some of the measures include:
- Reducing the speed limit on southbound Interstate 25 to 65 mph beginning at County Line Road (Exit 163).
- The speed limit may be reduced to 45 mph where traffic is reduced to one lane for construction.
- The Colorado State Patrol presence will increase and it will strictly enforce the reduced speed limits. Fines for speeding in work zones are doubled.
Sgt. Dan Haley of the state patrol said drivers who fail to observe posted speed limits could face costly fines. Those fines are:
- 1-4 mph over the speed limit — $90.50
- 5-9 mph over the speed limit — $178.50
- 10-19 mph over the speed limit — $320.50
- 20-24 mph over the speed limit — $622.50
- All violations 25+ mph over result in an automatic court summons
The most common fine for speeding, Haley said, is $320.50 for violations in the 10-19 mph range.
Construction crews also have to deal with distracted drivers. Drivers who are talking on the phone, texting and doing other things have hit construction barrels and cones. The charge of failing to drive in the designated lane in a construction zone can result in a fine of $223.50.
“During off peak hours, some drivers are ignoring the posted speed limits, which puts construction workers and other drivers in jeopardy,” said Dan Hunt, CDOT project manager. “Nighttime traffic has been especially problematic. This is a big concern because traffic is often restricted to one lane and crews are working closer to traffic.”
Electronic message boards will remind drivers of posted speed limits.
Speed limits in the construction zone, which extends between State Highway 105 in Monument (Exit 161) south to Woodmen Road (Exit 149), will vary depending on the time of day and the number of through traffic lanes. The number of traffic lanes can be reduced to one in each direction between 8:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.
All work is subject to road and weather conditions.
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