Crews Expect To Open Expanded Lanes Of I-25 By Thanksgiving

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It's true, it's not ideal. Some have an even stronger opinion of I-25 travel north of Colorado Springs right now.

"It is a mess,” said a driver named Crystal. “My brother drives to Denver, he commutes to work. Hates it!"

Others have spent months avoiding it. The work underway is part of a $66 million project which will expand I-25 to six lanes in each direction on an 11 mile stretch from Woodmen Road to Monument.

"Right now it's adding a good 10-15 minutes for me," said Ramona Lang, who lives east of Monument.

Now the good news: In about seven days, there will be six drivable lanes on a major stretch of this 11 mile corridor.

"Woodmen to Interquest still looking like it should be open by Thanksgiving," said project engineer Wayne Pittman.

Pittman explained Tuesday crews continue to work six days a week and at night to stay on schedule. Clear skies and mostly calm conditions help too.

"We've had some pretty nice weekends and some nice days in November, where we could really be not nearly as nice," he said.

As the year comes to a close, steady progress continues in the push to open new lanes by the new year.

Engineers expect crews will likely have the remainder of the northbound expansion from Interquest to Monument done by Christmas and southbound lanes from Northgate to Interquest open by the New Year.

In the meantime, watch for crews and reduced speeds when you head out.

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