Jun 6, 2011 6:16 PM by David Ortiviz

Road construction causes headaches on Pueblo's north side

Pack your patience if you're driving on Pueblo's north side. Two big construction projects are impacting traffic. Lately driving through North Elizabeth feels like an obstacle course. "I thought it was a big mess," said Bruce McDanel a driver.

It's down to one lane in each direction. Drivers says it's difficult, if not impossible sometimes to merge or turn into a business. "I made an illegal turn on the way over here," said Brianne Wills a driver.

"It was impossible. I had to go down the street and then come back up to get in," said McDanel.

The Board of Water Works is replacing an old water line that's busted several times in the past. Unfortunately it's causing a big headache for drivers. The construction in front of stores and restaurants runs the length of two football fields. "I am waiting for it to be over," said Wills.

The Board of Water Works says the project should wrap up this week. But drivers aren't in the clear just yet.

There are more cone zones nearby on Highway 50, considered the busiest roadway through Pueblo with 65,000-thousand cars a day. "Not as congested as I-25 but pretty darn close," said Joe Garcia a project engineer with CDOT.

CDOT is once again widening the highway. There will soon be six lanes from the Interstate all the way to Wills Boulevard. They've also added continuous turn lanes at intersections.

Phase one should be done in July. However, the entire project won't be finished likely until next summer. "I ask the public be patient with us out here, watch your speed, Remember. We are family members too out here and we want to go home safe too," said Garcia.

CDOT says it will cost about $3 million to widen the highway. Crews are also installing new sewer lines.



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