"It's only going to grow and those hours of congestion are going to increase, basically, to the point where it's congested all day long everyday." That’s the opinion of CDOT Engineer James Flohr. He’s talking about traffic on I-25.
But a plan is in the works that will try to alleviate some of that congestion and keep up with population growth down the road. The Colorado Department of Transportation is planning a massive I-25 expansion project. On Monday, the first Environmental Assessment was released---one of the first major hurdles in getting the construction plans started.
It targets the interstate between Monument and Southern Colorado Springs. "I think the general community really does anticipate a need for these improvements," says Flohr.
CDOT is considering several options:
CDOT officials say they are also looking into problems, like noise and pollution, that will likely increase due to the roadwork. "We want to know what that proposed improvement will do to all those different issues," says Flohr.
A multi-year project would also mean some nasty traffic tie-ups. But CDOT says it’ll try to keep construction limited to nights and weekends. "We expect that it will be inconvenient at times, but we're going to try to do everything we can to avoid those inconveniences," says Flohr.
If the project gets the green light, construction would start as early as next year and would last about 4 years.
There is a 45-day “public review” period, as part of this Environmental Assessment process. CDOT is asking for the public's input into these projects. An open forum is set for Thursday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the LeBaron Hotel at 314 W. Bijou.
For more information:
I-25 Environmental Assessment Report