Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver
(Douglas County, Colo.) The Colorado Department of Transportation is closing the northbound I-25 express lane from County Line Road to Sky View Lane/Tomah Road near Larkspur for a week.
The June 19-26 closure allows construction crews to install concrete aprons for water drainage off the highway median. Permanent paving in this area of northbound I-25 also will be completed.
The work closes the express lane and motorists may not enter the lane via the skip or double white lines. There is no detour for this work, and CDOT warned motorists to plan for increased travel time. Two lanes of northbound I-25 will remain open during peak travel times.
After completing apron installation on the northbound lane, crews will begin paving southbound I-25 in the area. When the southbound paving nears completion, crews plan to announce closing the southbound express lane for up to two weeks following the Fourth of July weekend.
The I-25 South Gap express lanes first opened to traffic on Dec. 10, 2021, with tolls temporarily waived for testing. Other work needed to complete the project includes a final layer of paving and installing tolling infrastructure.
The $419 million project also widened shoulders, installed new bridges and wildlife crossings/fencing, improved operations with a southbound I-25 truck climbing lane near Monument, created a southbound I-25 truck chain up station and modernized technology.
The entire project will be completed by November 2022. Tolling is expected to begin in early 2023.