Most dangerous stretch of interstate runs through Pueblo

Most dangerous stretch of interstate runs through Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. - The most dangerous stretch of interstate in all of Colorado runs through Pueblo.

Over the last 10 years, there have been 2,230 crashes on I-25 in Pueblo.

Pete Lopez has lived in Pueblo for sixty years and says he sometimes drives through city streets to avoid the interstate. "Years ago I had some friends that got killed right there by Central Avenue," Lopez said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation has been studying a seven-mile stretch of I-25 through Pueblo for more than 10 years, but the segment hasn't been changed.

"This is the only section, this seven miles, that hasn't been touched since it was built," said Pueblo County Commissioner Liane "Buffie" McFadyen. "It hasn't been redesigned and it hasn't been reconstructed."

On Wednesday, Pueblo government officials submitted an application requesting money that is set aside by C-DOT to fund special projects. They're asking for $235 million. They'll find out in September if they get the money.

"We believe we have the most compelling case, the most alarming case that we deserve those dollars to be returned for our safety, for the motoring public through Pueblo," McFadyen said.

The stretch through Pueblo isn't only the most dangerous one. It's also the oldest.

The high accident rate through Pueblo has cost the city and county close to $50 million over the past 10 years, according to the National Safety Council.

KRDO-TV requested an interview with C-DOT but no one was available Thursday.

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