Work will begin this spring on widening Interstate 25 between Woodman Road and Monument but prior to the widening project soil and pavement samples will be taken which will result in overnight lane closures.
Current soil and pavement samples are taken in order to design the project to the standards it needs to be according to Bob Wilson, spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“It's basically testing what's existing to design it (the road) properly,” Wilson said.
The closures will result in the interstate being reduced to one lane for approximately one mile and will take place from 8:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. over a two week period. The closures will begin Feb. 3 starting in the northbound lanes just north of Woodmen Road and will continue to move north toward Monument through Feb. 8.
On Feb. 10 the lane closures will begin in the southbound lanes just south of Monument and will make its way back to Woodmen Road concluding on Feb. 15.
The speed limit will be reduced to 65 mph in the work zone.
The $66.4 million project is scheduled to begin in March and be completed by the end of the year. Eleven miles of the interstate will be widened to three lanes in both directions. A majority of the lane closures during the project will occur during off-peak hours.