North I-25 Express Lanes project: What you need to know for 2023
This year marks the fifth and final (cross your fingers) year of the $750 million North I-25 Express Lanes project to widen the interstate in the Fort Collins area.
Major construction will be complete by mid-December 2023 for the segment from Johnstown to Fort Collins and by March 2024 for the segment between Johnstown and Berthoud. Punchlist items such as landscaping and cleanup work will continue into 2024.
Interstate 25 toll testing and integration of the Johnstown to Fort Collins segment are expected to take place in the first half of 2024.
The Colorado Department of Transportation splits the North I-25 Express Lanes project into segments. Here's a look at where each of those segments are and what needs to be done in 2023:
Segment 8: 7 miles between Colorado Highway 392 (Windsor exit) to near Colorado Highway 14 (north Fort Collins exit)
Completed: 75% overall, 60% of paving and 100% of utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition.
2022 highlights: Reopened Kechter Road across I-25 after a nearly eight-month closure to replace the bridge and add a roundabout. Also relocated two ports of entry farther south from the Prospect Road interchange and completed majority of Prospect Road interchange renovation and northbound Poudre River bridge over I-25.
Work to do in 2023: Finish the southbound Poudre River and Great Western Railway bridges, Poudre River trail connection under I-25, ramp work at Harmony and Prospect Roads and large segment of road paving (pouring concrete for lanes).
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Segment 7: 7 miles between Colorado Highway 402 (south Loveland exit) to Colorado 392
Completed: 85% overall, 90% of paving and 100% of utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition.
2022 highlights: Replaced bridges at U.S. Highway 34, Great Western Railway, Larimer County Road 20 and Big Thompson River.
Work to do in 2023: Finish Centerra mobility hub and U.S. 34 ramps.
Segment 6: 5 miles between Colorado Highway 56 (Berthoud exit) to Colorado 402
Completed: 70% overall, 50% of paving and virtually all utility relocation and right-of-way acquisition.
2022 highlight: Opened the first divergent diamond in Northern Colorado at Colorado Highway 60 and I-25.
Work to do in 2023: Finish mobility hub near Berthoud exit and bridges at Weld County Road 46, Colorado 60, Larimer County 16 and Great Western Railway.
Segment 5: 7 miles between Colorado 56 to Colorado 66 (Longmont exit)
Work to do in 2023: Construction of this segment recently received funding of $370 million, and construction is planned to start in spring.
This article originally appeared on Fort Collins Coloradoan: North I-25 Express Lanes project: What's done, what's coming in 2023