Broomfield, Colorado (April 5, 2016) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, April 4, marked the opening of the I-25 North Express Lanes from the U.S. 6 interchange to 120th Avenue. Flatiron is the prime contractor for the project, which began in October 2013.
The opening ceremony celebrated the collaboration of local, state and federal entities to provide for the delivery of the project, which used existing infrastructure to expand the capacity of I-25. The new express lanes will connect with the existing I-25 express lanes leading into and out of downtown Denver.
Currently, the traveling public can use the express lanes free of charge while the system software and equipment undergo a testing period. Paid tolling is expected to begin in late spring 2016.
The project also included resurfacing the existing lanes along this 6-mile stretch, lowering the profile of I-25 under the 88th Avenue bridge to increase truck traffic safety, reconstructing the connection area of the existing Express Lanes and their ramps to I-25, constructing new concrete noise walls, and installing new highway signage.
“We are excited to celebrate the completion of the North I-25 Express Lanes project, an innovative improvement for the north metro communities,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt said at the opening ceremony. “Express Lanes can deliver more consistent, faster speeds and reduced travel times for all corridor users, including the general purpose lanes. Since testing began earlier this month, commuters are already noticing positive changes in traffic congestion, as travel times for this critical corridor have been reduced.”
Flatiron develops innovative solutions to build transportation and infrastructure projects across the U.S. and Canada, including roads, bridges, highways, rail transit, runways, dams, water treatment and storage facilities for both public and private clients. Flatiron delivers projects through a variety of contracting methods, including design-build and public private partnerships.