Paving work is scheduled to begin this month and will continue throughout the summer on the I-25 expansion project from Woodmen Road to Highway 105.
That work will be done at night to minimize traffic impacts, but drivers are reminded that there will be multiple lane closures and speed limits during nighttime paving operations will be reduced to 45 mph, according to a news release from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Warmer temperatures will allow more aggressive rotomilling and paving operations by mid-June, when nighttime temperatures should consistently be above 50 degrees, CDOT said. That’s the minimum temperature required for asphalt paving.
“We’ve received a number of inquires regarding the roughness of the road surface this past winter,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tom Wrona. “The decision was made to open as much of the third lane as possible before we shutdown major construction on the project. It was determined that the traveling public would appreciate having another lane open to them as soon as possible, even if the roadway remained rough for a few months. And the vast majority of the comments we’ve received confirmed that decision. “A lot of travelers wondered why we didn’t keep moving ahead with paving during the winter and early spring but we can’t since weather conditions don’t allow us to,” he said. “But it remained an active work zone with a reduced 65 mph speed limit in effect since the minor work continued and the road surface wasn’t up to standard for traveling at 75 mph.”
Meantime, work is in full swing to complete the third lane southbound on Interstate 25 between Highway 105 and North Gate Boulevard.
Barrier work is complete and crews continue to work to create access areas for crews and equipment.
Drivers are urged to watch for trucks and equipment entering and exiting the interstate as excavation work gets underway.
The third southbound lane between Monument and North Gate Boulevard is scheduled to be complete by mid June.
Crews also continue to erect sign supports and new overhead signs throughout the I-25 expansion project work zone.
Nighttime double lane closures will be necessary to erect the sign supports and single lane closures and “rolling closures” will be used as signs are placed on the new supports.
Those closures won’t begin until 8:30 each night and work will be complete by 5:30 the next morning.
Bridge Expansion Joint Replacement Work Continues
Drivers also can expect nighttime double-lane closures on northbound I-25 at North Gate Boulevard as work continues to remove and replace expansion joints.
Closures for this work will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be open by 5 a.m. the next day. Work on the bridge carrying northbound traffic is expected to be complete, weather and road conditions permitting, by May 18.
At that time, crews will shift to work on the bridge carrying southbound traffic, which should be done by mid June.