CDOT Planning Changes To Accident-Prone I-25 Curve

A problematic curve in the interstate is about to get a $95 million makeover.

Firefighters survey the scene of a fatal milk tanker crash in December 2011. (Credit: CSFD)

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A problematic curve in the interstate is about to get a $95 million makeover.

CDOT says its planning some changes to make the stretch between the Tejon and Bijou exits in Colorado Springs safer.

That section has been the site of numerous accidents, including two major ones in the last five days. In the first one on October 22, a semi-truck rolled and spilled its load of pipes over the roadway, tying up traffic on both sides of the interstate for several hours.

The next night, a man lost control of his vehicle while navigating the wide curve in the road, hit a guardrail and was ejected. He died at the scene.

Other notable crashes in the area include a fatal crash involving an overturned milk tanker in December 2011 and a rollover that same year in which a CSU-Pueblo football player went over the guardrail and plummeted onto a bike path 50 feet below.

In the latter crash, the student walked away with only minor injuries.

CDOT says they hope to begin the project in 2015. Among the planned changes: improved acceleration and deceleration lanes for people getting on and off the interstate, and wider shoulders.

Once the project gets started, it will take about two years to complete.

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