Pueblo receives $108 million for road improvements

Pueblo receives $108 million for road improvements

PUEBLO, Colo. - The oldest and most dangerous stretch of Interstate 25 in Colorado is getting a makeover. Pueblo will receive $108 million in state funding to repair parts of I-25 and expand U.S. Highway 50. The Colorado Department of Transportation Commission approved the funding Thursday afternoon.

"I think it's great to start building our roads back up, because they're horrible," said driver Gary Janson.

Construction on I-25 in Pueblo will begin next spring. It will start at Ilex Street and extend south to Indiana Avenue. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to widen the on-and-off ramps at Ilex Street. It's estimated to cost $31 million.

CDOT also plans to repair six bridges: US 50 Business, Arkansas River, Mesa Avenue, Indiana Avenue and two on Northern Avenue.

"This is what I call the illusion has become real for Pueblo," said Pueblo County commissioner Liane "Buffie" McFayden. "We are finally looking at getting a return on our tax dollars to Pueblo County."

Improvements will also be made along Highway 50. A third lane will be added for eastbound traffic from Wills Boulevard to Purcell Boulevard at $11.2 million.

"Highway 50 is long overdue," said Steve Nawrocki, Pueblo City Council president. "I mean that is a nightmare in the morning and the evening."

"My daughter- I take her to the doctor over there going toward Pueblo West, and over there you see a lot of accidents," Paula Galindo said.

McFadyen said all the construction work will be completed five years after it begins.

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