COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado Springs-area officials have accepted a plan to widen Interstate 25 that calls for the state to contribute $31 million and local governments to contribute $5 million.

The Gazette reported Monday the project would add one lane in each direction of the north-south freeway on a 4-mile stretch just north of Colorado Springs.

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments board accepted the plan Monday. Construction could start next spring if the state Transportation Commission approves on Thursday.

Some board members are unhappy that local governments have to chip in.

, the council’s transportation director, says the area has about 15 percent of the state’s population but has been getting only about 5 percent of state’s transportation money.

Still, he advised the board to accept the plan.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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