DENVER – If you plan on traveling this weekend, CDOT has a message: avoid Interstate 25 as much as you can.
The interstate will be closed in both directions between Santa Fe and US 6. The closures started Friday at 10 p.m. and will last through Saturday at 8 a.m. The road closes again Saturday at 10 p.m. and won't reopen until Monday at 5 a.m. Crews will begin setting closures approximately one hour prior to the full closures being implemented.
CDOT recommends using I-70, I-225, C-470 and E-470 as alternates.
If you must travel through the area, you will be detoured as follows:
- Northbound I-25 will detour to northbound Santa Fe Drive, continue north to 8th Avenue, west on 8th Avenue to Kalamath Street, and south on Kalamath Street to westbound US 6 to reconnect with northbound I-25.
- Southbound I-25 will detour west on US 6 to Federal Boulevard, south on Federal Boulevard to 5th Avenue to merge onto eastbound US 6, and east on US 6 to reconnect with southbound I-25. There could also be delays along eastbound US 6 near I-25 with additional traffic following this detour route.
Crews will add a fourth lane to northbound I-25 in hopes of easing congestion. There is already enough room on the pavement, so crews will only have to draw new lines. They also plan on repaving the road during the closure and demolishing bridges near U.S. 6.
CDOT says the weekend closure will save the agency 20 construction days in the area.
Full benefits of the additional lane most likely won't be seen until construction of a new US 6 and I-25 interchange wraps up in August 2015, CDOT said.
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