With a new contractor hired, Colorado Springs will soon get the I-25 widening project it's been waiting for.
In the long run, the project should ease congestion, but it will likely cause some headaches in the short run — as anyone who was in the state during Denver's I-25 expansion project will recall. T-REX, as Denver's project was known, was a five-year undertaking that led to some pretty amazing traffic jams.
And yet, T-REX is known as one of the most successful transportation projects in the country. The $1.67 billion project began in 2001, after years of prep work, and it finished in 2006, under-budget and 22 months ahead of schedule. The project widened I-25 and I-225 in Denver, added 19 miles of light rail, and paved the way for the FasTracks project. Most importantly, it helped Denver grow into the cosmopolitan center it is today.
The Springs had its own COSMIX project, which rebuilt some downtown bridges and widened a more southern part of I-25, come in ahead of schedule a few years ago. It wasn't quite as transformative. But that one, and this new one, could make room for more growth.
Contractor selected for I-25 Widening Project
COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation has awarded the team of Kiewit & Parson-Brinkerhoff (PB) as the design/build contractor for the upcoming widening of Interstate 25 through north El Paso County.
Kiewit/PB was one of three teams short-listed to widen the eleven-mile segment of northbound and southbound I-25 from two to three lanes between Woodmen Road and Monument.
The project is scheduled to begin in late winter 2013 and completed in the summer of 2014.
Kiewit/PB was awarded the contract by stipulating it would have both third lanes operational by December 31, 2013, and by bidding $52 million to complete the project, which was estimated to cost $66.4 million.
CDOT is funding $50.4 million, including $7.9 million from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments. Federal funding is $16 million.
Additional information about the project will be available in the next several weeks as initial construction planning begins.