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Oct 20, 2011 2:23 PM by Andy Koen

State approves funding for I-25 widening

The money is now place to begin a highway widening project along I-25 between North Academy Boulevard and Interquest Parkway. The Colorado Transportation Commission voted unanimously Thursday to commit $31 million for the construction project which is expected to begin in the Spring.

On Monday, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Board of Directors voted to spend $5 million in matching funds on the project. PPACG Chairperson Sallie Clark said the work should relieve the usual traffic bottle neck that occurs at Academy where the Interstate narrows from six lanes to four.

"While we are required to provide a local match, our board voiced support that this local $5 million investment is well worth the $31 million that will leverage dollars to jump start this long-awaited and necessary congestion mitigation project," Clark said.

The project has been a priority for transportation planners as some 900 accidents occurred along that stretch of interstate between 2006 and 2010. Construction is expected to last between 15 and 18 months.

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