No Clear Timetable for I-25 Improvements

At a recent meeting, Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) representative James Flohr apparently told the Windsor Town Board that it would take 75 years to implement the plan to expand I-25 from State Highway 66 to State Highway 14. But unless he has a crystal ball, this is just a guess.

The first phase of the project is estimated to cost $26 million and would include tolled express lanes, express buses, commuter rail options and interchange improvements from State Highway 66 (Longmont) to Highway State Highway 56 (Berthoud). The second phase would improve the I-25/34 interchange and the third phase calls for Phase 1 type improvements for the area from State Highway 392 (Windsor) to State Highway 14 (Fort Collins/Mulberry Street).

Expanding a federal highway requires a complicated process. After years of analysis and public input, the Federal Highway Administration signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for Northern I-25 corridor in 2011. The ROD described the project’s preferred solution as described above and completed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for the Environmental Impact Statement. The completion of the NEPA process better positions the I-25 project to quality for state and federal funding, but does not guarantee it. At this time, no funding has been identified for the project.

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