CDOT gets ready to break ground on new I-25 express-lanes

Posted at 10:28 AM, Jun 22, 2018

FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- The Colorado Department of Transportation is set to begin construction on new express lanes that will run from Johnstown to Fort Collins.

The project will take several years to complete and will cost more than $300 million.

The goal of the project is to ease congestion during to busiest travel times on I-25. Along with adding toll lanes, construction crews will also be replacing four aging bridges and widening four others.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded C-DoT a TIGER grant to help fund the project. Local partnerships are also helping fund the project.

CDOT says it’s expecting the Larimer County population to increase by 52 percent by 2040 and the Weld County population to increase by 111 percent during that same time span.

That means more cars will be on the roads. In fact, the transportation agency is expecting a 60 percent increase in people making daily trips along the I-25 corridor by 2040.

When the toll lanes are done, the pricing will depend on the time of day and amount of traffic on the roads at any given time. The corridor will also feature Active Traffic Management Technology that will allow drivers to know about lane closures, delays, upcoming merges and travel times for each lane so drivers can choose the best route for themselves.

CDOT is hosting a public meeting on Wednesday where it’s experts will be on hand to discuss the project at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland. The open house will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.

Construction on the North I-25 Express Lanes is set to be completed by 2022.