The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the US has signed a $248m contract with Kraemer/IHC to build an Express Lane in both directions on I-25 from Johnstown to Fort Collins.

The project, which is scheduled to commence later this year and complete in 2021, is expected to increase the capacity of the Express Lane in both directions of I-25.

CDOT North I-25 corridor manager Heather Paddock said: “We have overcome a lot of hurdles to bring this project to fruition.

“Now that the ink has dried on the contract the real work out on the road can begin. We are so excited to get this going for all of Northern Colorado.”

“We have overcome a lot of hurdles to bring this project to fruition.”

The scope of the project includes the replacement of old bridges and widening of others, building new pedestrian and bicycle access under I-25 at Kendall Parkway and connecting the Cache la Poudre River Regional Trail under I-25.

Multiple local partners and elected officials were associated with the planning, implementation and funding of this project contributing around $55m towards project cost.

After completion, the project is expected to improve mobility in Northern Colorado, as well as increase intermodal connections.

It will also provide a safe facility for the public and a safe work zone for construction crews and the travelling public.

During the construction phase, two lanes of travel in each direction will remain open during daytime with lane closures expected at night when traffic volumes are lower.