North I-­25 Expansion Project One Step Closer with Boost from Federal Grant

19-Aug-2016 to 19-Aug-2016

An estimated $235 million expansion of North I­-25 is now on the horizon after the US DOT awarded a $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to help expand and improve the I­-25 corridor between Fort Collins and Loveland. The grant will help add a tolled/HOV express lane in each direction for 14 miles and make necessary bridge repairs in the corridor. Plans also include transit, pedestrian and cycle improvements that will connect Northern Colorado to the Denver metro area. 

The grant funding, added to previously earmarked funds, as well as another $25 million pooled by local communities, means that CDOT may be able to break ground as early as next fall. This is great news not only for local communities and commuters traveling that stretch of congested highway, but also for contractors that will have the opportunity to help build the project. CDOT and state officials weren't expecting to be able to move forward on the project for another 14 years and it would most likely have been in smaller segments. 

With this award, CDOT is pushing ahead and has already started working on preliminary designs with plans to have construction completed within a five year period. Stay tuned for more information about the timeline and competitive bidding process for this project!