I-25 Widening Slowed By Weather

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Construction on the north end of the Springs has been causing traffic headaches for months.

Now 11 News has learned it's going to be an issue a little longer than planned.

The road construction project spans from Colorado Springs to Monument, and is intended to widen I-25 from two lanes to three in each direction. Crews wanted to have people driving on the new widened highway by the end of December. Flooding and fires throughout the summer forced that goal to be modified.

Cluttered with construction, drivers find themselves in lengthy backups most times of day. Rush hour, traffic conditions began to resemble those of much larger metro areas.

"An hour, from Monument 105 to Austin Bluffs," one frustrated driver told reporter David Nancarrow.

Even in lighter periods, drivers still find themselves navigating around concrete walls and traffic cones.

"I don't like all the orange cones," another driver said.

Supervisors for the project say they are making an effort to pick up the pace with the arrival of fall--and with it hopefully calmer weather. To make up for nearly a month of lost time, more crews have been added to work more hours.

"They were originally working five days a week, days and nights, now they're doing six days a week, days and nights," project engineer Wayne Pittman said.

As long as the weather cooperates, Pittman says completion of Phase 1 should be close to what was originally scheduled, possibly just a few weeks late. But as residents of the Pikes Peak region learned over the summer, the weather can be unpredictable.

"If we keep having fires and floods and everything else, there's no guarantee," Pittman said.

Though the traffic issues have been an annoyance, drivers 11 News spoke with say the results of the project will make it all worth it.

And with crews working around the clock, relief in the form of a six-lane interstate will soon be a reality.

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