Dec 28, 2012 8:50 PM by Siera Santos,

I-25 expansion will begin in March

By this time next year, the commute to Denver will be much easier.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has a solution for the I-25 corridor between Colorado Springs and Monument.

I-25 will be widened to three lanes both northbound and southbound from north of Woodmen Road to the Monument interchange.

Crews will break ground in March and the contractor, Kiewit Western Co., says the project will be completed by Dec. 31, 2013. In most areas, the third lane will be added next to the left lane, which means workers will be centered in the median.

CDOT spokesperson Bob Wilson said Friday afternoon that any future lane closures will be at night, during off-hours.

"The biggest thing probably people will experience is traffic slowdowns just because, in addition to lower speed limits, we're also going to have the ‘looky-loo' factor where people are looking at what's occurring," Wilson said.

The total cost of the project is just under $52 million. The bulk of the money will come from state funding.

CDOT will keep commuters posted on where and when any closures occur.



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