The new flyover from Northbound Santa Fe to Northbound I-25 as well as Northboud I-25 at Santa Fe have been re-striped.
Shortly after the flyover opened Saturday concerns starting pouring into the CBS4 Traffic Center from frustrated drivers who told me that not only were there huge traffic backups at all times of the day because of the flyover, but that it was dangerous as well.
I was curious as to what the Colorado Department of Transportation was planning, so I asked Mindy Crane with CDOT and this is what she told me:
“We originally were going to open the flyover on Monday, but decided to get it done on Saturday before the weather hit. We knew that the striping on I-25 would not get done on Saturday, but the ramp would operate as a merge until we could stripe. The striping could not happen Monday or Tuesday night due to snow and the colder temperatures.”
That new striping was completed overnight Wednesday/Thursday and lays out a merge lane from the flyover all the way to the 6th Avenue exit. In addition, there are now three lanes Northbound on I-25 through that area.
This work is part of the I-25/Santa Fe Drive improvement project. CDOT says the $32.1 million project will conduct the following improvements:
- Replace the existing I-25 bridges over Santa Fe Drive that are currently in poor condition. Both bridges were originally constructed in 1958.
- Construct a flyover ramp from northbound Santa Fe Drive to northbound I-25, eliminating the left side on-ramp and improving operations and safety for this major traffic movement.
- Reconstruct and realign of I-25 from the north end of the Broadway viaduct to just south of Alameda Avenue to provide lane continuity. Once complete, there will be four lanes on I-25 in each direction through Denver from C-470 to US 36.
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