In July 2015, crews started work on this project, which has replaced bridges on I-25 between Ilex Street and City Center Drive in Pueblo. Work has also included:

  • rehabilitating bridges on northbound I-25 over Santa Fe Avenue (US 50C), I-25 over Indiana Avenue, on Santa Fe Avenue over the Arkansas River, and on Northern Avenue and Mesa Avenue over I-25
  • designing and building a new bridge on I-25 over Union Pacific Railroad
  • improving on- and off-ramps from City Center Drive to D Street
  • improving the surfaces of D Street, Bennett Street, Clark Street and Santa Fe Avenue
  • constructing a new, safer intersection at D Street and Santa Fe Avenue

Project completion is slated for Fall of 2019.

Click here for more information.

From April through October 2019, travelers on a small stretch of Lincoln Street (aka, Colorado Highway 96) in Pueblo—from W. Orman to W. Abriendo avenues—can expect shoulder and lane closures, and traffic delays as crews improve traffic signals and drainage.

Work includes:

  • replacing three signals at Abriendo, Evans and Orman avenues;
  • replacing curb ramps to comply with Americans With Disabilities Act standards;
  • modifying the median at Abriendo Avenue to accommodate a southbound double-left-turn lane; and
  • replacing the drainage system at Abriendo Avenue.

Schedule & Travel Impacts

  • Daytime work: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Overnight work: 9 p.m. - 7 a.m., Sunday - Thursday
  • Expect partial closures in the work zone during these hours.
  • During certain project phases, expect 24-hour lane closures.

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Purpose and Need

The purpose of this project is to provide a new alignment for a multi-modal facility to connect the neighborhoods in northwest Pueblo to downtown with a crossing of the railroad yards.  The connection would eliminate significant out of direction travel for all travelers between the two areas and be particularly beneficial for emergency service response times. In addition, this connection is a crucial component of the larger West Pueblo Connector which will enhance regional connectivity for northwest Pueblo neighborhoods, relieve congestion on Pueblo Boulevard (SH 45), Thatcher Avenue (SH-96) and US 50, provide multi-modal facilities, and support locally adopted plans.

The needs for this project are to:

  • Improve safety response times;
  • Increase the mobility between downtown and northwest Pueblo neighborhoods;
  • Alleviate congestion on Pueblo Boulevard (SH-45), Thatcher Avenue (SH-96) and US 50 caused by travelers forced out of direction as they try to move to/from downtown;
  • Accommodate multi-modal connectivity (including transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities);
  • Maintain reasonable access to future growth.

For more information, click here.

City of Pueblo Transit Study

Study Purpose

  • Conduct a comprehensive evaluation of Pueblo Transit
  • Identify unmet transit needs and desires of the community
  • Develop a five-year plan to improve bus service
  • Recommend additional strategies to increase ridership

For more information, click here.

Pueblo West Transit Feasibility Study Final Report

Study Purpose The Pueblo West Feasibility Study is funded by Pueblo Area Council of Governments and was initiated in response to an ongoing interest in transit service by citizens of the Pueblo West Metropolitan District. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the demand for transit service within the Pueblo West Metropolitan District based on demographic, socio-economic, employment and student characteristics, as well as community feedback.

For more information, click here.




The Dillon Drive Interchange Project is complete and was opened to traffic on Friday, November 18th, 2016.

The Dillon Drive Interchange Project will modify the existing diamond interchange at Eden, and construct a “split-diamond” interchange using Dillon Drive as the south half of that diamond.  A new northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp will be built to connect Dillon Drive to the Interstate.  A new 2-span bridge will go over the Interstate.  A "Round About" intersection will be built at the top of each on and off ramp to allow for free movement through both intersections. Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls will be constructed along the Interstate using individual blocks that will reflect the limestone rock bluffs that surround the Pueblo area.  Extensive irrigated landscaping will be constructed along the entire project.

The construction contract was awarded to American Civil Constructors of Littleton, Colorado. Construction activities began in March 2015.

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The project was designed by the partnership of Short Elliot Henderson (SEH) and CH2MHILL. 



Construction management for the project is provided by the City of Pueblo's Department of Public Works with assistance from the Colorado Department of Transportation. Additional construction management services are being provided by AECOM (formerly URS) and project materials testing is being done by Terracon.

Dillon Drive Interchange Project

AECOM and Terracon

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Dillon Interchange Project


Mickey Beyer
Project Manager
[email protected]

Bill Hand
Project Field Engineer
[email protected]

For questions or concerns, please call:
City of Pueblo
Public Works Dept.
(719) 553-2295

I-25 Through Pueblo - New Pueblo Freeway EIS and ROD


For Updates, click here.
For More Information, click here.


The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the New Pueblo Freeway details the Preferred Alternative and project phasing for the reconfiguration and redesign of I-25 through Pueblo. The purpose of the Record of Decision (ROD) is to document the FHWA’s decision on the New Pueblo Freeway Project.

What is the New Pueblo Freeway?

In 2000, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) initiated a study of I-25 through Pueblo, Colorado. The study integrated the transportation planning process with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) process to evaluate improvements to the I-25 corridor through Pueblo.

Through this NEPA/planning process, which included input by City of Pueblo engineering and planning staff, transportation conditions along I-25 through Pueblo were described, needs were identified, and transportation problems were defined. Consistent with NEPA and the regulation of the Council on Environmental Quality regulations, an active public participation program captured community values held by the citizens of Pueblo in a Vision Statement that asks FHWA and CDOT to respect the traditions and trends of the Pueblo community as they develop solutions to roadway problems. The culmination of this planning effort is called the New Pueblo Freeway project.

The purpose of the New Pueblo Freeway project is to: 1) improve safety by addressing deteriorating roadways and bridges and unsafe road characteristics on I-25; and 2) improve local and regional mobility within and through the City to meet existing and future travel demands. The need for the project results from the highway’s age and the design practices at the time it was built, which has led to the safety and mobility problems described in detail in the EIS.

Construction of New Pueblo Freeway Begins


July 1, 2015 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - Event marks start of long-term improvements to I-25.


PUEBLO – The first project to reconstruct Interstate 25 through Pueblo officially is underway after a groundbreaking ceremony near Runyon Field today. 

Dignitaries with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, the City of Pueblo, Pueblo County and the contractor team of Flatiron Constructors and the engineering firm HDR broke ground on the reconstruction of I-25 between City Center Drive (1st Street) and Ilex Street.  The project also includes upgrading a number of bridges south of downtown.

“I-25 through the heart of Pueblo is one of the oldest segments of freeway we have in the state so this reconstruction is long overdue,” said CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt.  “It has not seen any upgrades to modernize it since it was originally built in the 1950s. I’m glad that we’re finally able to build a project that’ll greatly enhance safety and mobility for both for the citizens of Pueblo and the people who travel through this area.”

The $69 million project consists of: 

  • Constructing new bridges on I-25 over D Street, the Union Pacific Railroad, BNSF Railroad, and Gruma Street and replacing two structurally-deficient bridges, built in 1959, which cross over Ilex and Bennett streets and railroad tracks. 
  • Rehabilitating six bridges on I-25 northbound over U.S. 50 Business, northbound and southbound over Indiana Avenue, U.S. 50 Business over the Arkansas River, and over I-25 on Northern and Mesa avenues.
  • Building the new D Street (replacing Ilex Street).
  • Installing new utilities, lighting and permanent water quality ponds.
  • Rebuilding 1st Street (City Center Drive) on and off ramps.
  • Constructing new retaining and sound walls, sidewalks, curbs and gutters.
  • Enhancing area aesthetics and landscaping. 

“Getting to this point was textbook of how a number of agencies can partner together to improve our infrastructure,” added Bhatt.  “Today is a celebration of what we can accomplish by working together.”

The project is funded through Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER* – 60%) and Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnership (RAMP** – 40%).

"This I-25 project represents safety for our community, jobs for pueblo, and the opportunity to beautify the entrance to our downtown, said Pueblo County Commissioner Liane "Buffie" McFadyen.  “We celebrate the beginning of this project, it’s been a long time coming!”

Project completion is scheduled for summer 2017. 

For updated project information, please visit:, email: [email protected]  or phone: 719-470-2270.  You can also receive project travel information via email or text by visiting, click on “Travel” and page down to “Subscribe.”  Page down to “Projects,” and checkmark:  I-25 New Pueblo Freeway. 

Information regarding CDOT projects statewide is available by logging onto, downloading the CDOT Mobile app or by calling 511 from anywhere in the state. Information about weekly lane closures also is available at


*FASTER generates funding comprised of car rental fees and weight-based vehicle registration fees.  Monies collected under the FASTER Safety Fund are to be used for construction, reconstruction or maintenance projects the State Transportation Commission, a county or municipality determine are needed to enhance the safety of a state highway, county road or city street.

FASTER also dedicates money to bridges through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE), a government-owned business entity with CDOT.  The Colorado Legislature created the CBE to complete designated bridge projects that involve the financing, repair, reconstruction and replacement of bridges designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated “poor.”  More information is available at

**RAMP is better coordinating project expenditures and available funding. Under the program, CDOT will fund multi-year projects based on year of expenditure, rather than saving for the full amount of a project before construction begins. For more information, including a list of RAMP project requests, please see our website: 

I-25 Bridges Over Ilex and UPRR Design Build



The first project of Phase 1 of the Preferred Alternative is moving forward into design and construction.  The structurally deficient Ilex Viaduct will be replaced with two separate bridges. The project will maintain full access off Exit 98A to Ilex Street until future phases of construction. Preserving this existing interchange requires removal of the existing Ilex Street. To retain access to the northbound ramps, a portion of the ultimate Stanton Avenue extension is included to connect these ramps to Santa Fe Avenue. A minimal amount of I-25 reconstruction will be required to tie the ultimate bridge location (under the shifted I-25 alignment) back into the current I-25 alignment until subsequent phases of the project are constructed. Improvements to the southbound on-ramp from 1st Street and the northbound off-ramp to 1st Street are also included in this project, along with the viaduct replacement on I-25 between the Ilex Viaduct and the 1st Street Bridge. The Ilex Bridge to 1st Street on I-25 project will be the first project for construction to begin in the summer of 2014.

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Since June 2017, crews have been widening the US Highway 50/Colorado 45 interchange, and replacing the westbound bridge over Wildhorse Dry Creek. Project work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.


  • Crews are installing new arrow symbols at US 50 and CO 45, as well as an LED "No Left Turn" sign on the mast arm of westbound US 50 at Pueblo Boulevard.
  • All lanes are now open and accessible in the new alignment.
  • No left turns are allowed at the intersection of Pueblo Boulevard (CO 45) and the new westbound US 50. To access southbound Pueblo Boulevard from westbound US 50, use the new off-ramp.
  • While the new off-ramp to Pueblo Boulevard has been used as part of the westbound US 50 main line for several months, it will now be used only to and from Pueblo Boulevard.
  • Northbound traffic on Pueblo Boulevard will remain in the same configuration that it is in now.


Working hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The project has been/will be completed in the following phases:

  • Phase 1: June 2017 – January 2018
    • grading and dirt excavation;
    • cross pipes installation; and
    • new bridge construction/installation (old bridge unaffected)
  • Phase 2: January 2018 – April 2018
    • utility relocations; and
    • bridge demolition
  • Phase 3: April 2018 – August 2018
    • highway widening (to ultimately connect to new bridge); and
    • roadway paving
  • Phase 4: August 2018 – October 2018
    • outside lanes construction;
    • shoulder installation; and
    • on-ramp construction
  • Phase 5: October 2018
    • construct shoulder and on-ramps
  • Phase 6: December 2018
    • remove and replace asphalt; and
    • project-wide mill and overlay
    • UPDATE December 2018 - project is off the road during winter months and will return in spring for final pavement markings.

Travel Impacts

  • Expect speed reductions to 45 mph in work zones. The speed limit on the new on- and off-ramps have also been reduced to 35 mph.
  • Slow down, observe speed limits, avoid distractions and allow extra time for your commute.
  • An alternative route is advised.

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US 50 West PEL Study

The Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study conducted on US 50 between Swallows Road and Baltimore Avenue in Pueblo County released in June 2012. Keywords: Studies, US Highways

File US 50 West PEL Study (22.5MB)
File US 50 West Implementation Plan
File US 50 West Appendices

US 50 West Wills Blvd to McCulloch Blvd Environmental Assessment

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on the US 50 West Wills Blvd to McCulloch Blvd Environmental Assessment (EA). This will provide additional safety and capacity improvements to US 50 in Pueblo and Pueblo West Metropolitan District (PWMD).

Improvements include:

widening 3.4 miles of westbound US 50 between Wills Blvd and Purcell Blvd, from two lanes to three lanes; widening 2.4 miles of westbound and eastbound US 50 between Purcell Blvd and McCulloch Blvd, from two lanes to three lanes in each direction; and establishing grade-separated interchanges at Purcell Blvd and Pueblo Boulevard.

These proposed improvements are elements of the Pueblo Area Council of Governments long range plan that CDOT recommended for US 50 from Swallows Rd to Baltimore Ave, and identified in the US 50 West Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study, 2012. See information on the US 50 West PEL.

EA Availability and Public Meeting Documents

Download the EA, including the appendices.  See the displays from the May 31, 2016, EA public meeting.

The EA is available for public review and comment from May 9 to June 7, 2016, at the following locations:

CDOT and FHWA offices

CDOT Region 2 Office 902 Erie Ave. Pueblo   CDOT Region 2 Office 1480 Quail Lake Loop Colorado Springs   CDOT Headquarters Library 4201 E. Arkansas Ave. Shumate Library Denver   FHWA Colorado Division Office 12300 West Dakota Ave., #1800 Lakewood

City of Pueblo libraries

Pueblo Library Barkman Branch 1300 Jerry Murphy Road   Pueblo Library Lamb Branch 2525 S. Pueblo Blvd.   Pueblo Library Pueblo West Branch 298 S Joe Martinez Blvd.   Pueblo Library Rawlings Branch 100 E. Abriendo Ave.

At the end of the public comment period, FHWA and CDOT will consider the public's comments and prepare a decision document that is anticipated to be completed in fall 2016.

We want to hear from you!

Written comments can be provided in the following ways from May 9 to June 7:

Online: Submit a comment to the US 50 West EA project team. Mail to: CDOT Region 2, c/o Laurel Phillips, 905 Erie Avenue, Pueblo, CO 81002 Facsimile 719-546-5702


This summer we're taking a fresh look at our investment priorities and asking people across Colorado what matters to their lives and what transportation can do to get them there. CDOT is bringing planning efforts together to create "Your Transportation Plan" that identifies a 10-year strategic pipeline of projects, inclusive of all modes, informed both by a data-driven needs assessment and public and stakeholder input. Click here to learn more.  

This summer we're taking a fresh look at our investment priorities and asking people across Colorado what matters to their lives and what transportation can do to get them there. CDOT is bringing planning efforts together to create "Your Transportation Plan" that identifies a 10-year strategic pipeline of projects, inclusive of all modes, informed both by a data-driven needs assessment and public and stakeholder input. Click here to learn more.  


In May 2019, CDOT embarked on an effort to refresh our transportation plan and priorities based on firsthand input from residents across the state. Thousands of people weighed in, and now we are pleased to share a midpoint report detailing where we’ve been and what we’ve heard. Click here.

En mayo del 2019, el CDOT inició esfuerzos para actualizar nuestro plan de transporte y prioridades, en base a los aportes recibidos directamente de los residentes de todo el estado. Miles de personas opinaron y ahora ns complace compartir el informe intermedio que detalla los lugares donde estuvimos y comentarios qe recibimos. Haga clic aquí.


How planning helps CDOT prioritize our resources and plan for the future.  

Transportation Funding

Innovative Financing

Transportation Planning Organization

Resource Documents

Front Range Passenger Rail



Local meetings, outreach events, and opportunities to hear from you.

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CDOT 2040 Transporation Plan

Statewide Transportation Plans

Regional Transportation Plans

Other CDOT Plans


Check out the events we've attended to talk with Coloradans about transportation, the presentations we've given at meetings, and summary sheets of survey results.

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The Gateway Plaza Project will be the linkage of the Pueblo Riverwalk to the new Convention Center Expansion and PBR Sport Performance Center.  The plaza is designed to create a welcoming point of access to the Riverwalk.  The project will increase and support economic development opportunities and the continued endeavor for downtown revitalization.  Aspects of the project will provide increased opportunity for educational, health and wellness benefits.  Gateway Plaza is designed to be a welcoming public event space and will exhibit Pueblo’s history through the commemorative Goodnight-Loving sculpture display. The display will artistically interpret and celebrate Pueblo’s western heritage, by telling the story of the Goodnight-Loving Trail.


In addition to extensive landscaping and lighting improvements, the project features will include such items as storm sewer upgrades, including a water quality improvement vault, a raised circular plaza, a recessed circular play area for children, connectivity to the Veteran’s Bridge, a signalized pedestrian crossing at Main Street, and provisions for outdoor events and vendor displays.

The project design was prepared by the Matrix Design Group with cooperation from the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk and Pueblo Urban Renewal Authority. Latcon Corporation (Pueblo, Colorado) was awarded the $2.7 Million contract. This  project was financed through an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant and from other sources.

Construction began in October 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2019.

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Matrix Design Group Inc

Jesik Consulting


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Mickey Beyer
Project Manager
[email protected] 

Lew Fox
Associate Field Engineer
[email protected]

For questions or concerns,
please call:
City of Pueblo
Public Works Dept.
 (719) 553-2295

El Centro del Quinto Sol Park and Trails Project consists of two features. The Wheel Park and the Fountain Creek Trail Access and Park Activity Area.


The Wheel Park will have an artistic element that will mimic the creeks appearance. It will consist of two major portions, a Bowl park and a Street Style park. The layout of the wheel park will entertain and challenge users of all skill levels and provide spectators the opportunity to view activities in a comfortable setting.

The Bowl portion will have a southern pool bowl with coping and tiles. The pool bowl will have a depth of 7 feet. The southern pool bowl will connect to a northern flow bowl through more features and transitions designed to let the user maintain their speed and flow when moving between the two bowls. The transition area includes a Small Stair Set with Rail and Hubba, a Box Bench, a Taco Quarter Pipe, and an Art Petal Element. The northern flow bowl will have a Death Box, Pool Coping and Steel Coping with a shallow end depth of 5 feet and a deep end with a depth of 9 feet.

 The second portion of the wheel park will be a street style course with Bank Hips, Bank to Ledges, an A Frame Rail, a Wallie to Manny Pad, a Euro Gap, a Stair Set with Hubbas, and “Flowing Transitions” that will allow park users to maintain speed and flow throughout the park.

The project was awarded to Team Pain, one of the top wheel park designers/builders in the Nation. Construction began on May 18th, 2015 and is anticipated to be completed by November 2015.


The Fountain Creek Watershed Trails and Recreation Project will consist of; Trail Construction, the Creek Side Access and Activity area, and Park Improvements. The new trail will be 12 feet wide and extend from East 8th Street south to East 4th Street. Improvements along the trail will include pedestrian lighting, benches, trash/recycling receptacles, information and user/regulation signage. The trail will be realigned to integrate with the Creek Side Access and Activity Area located east of the levee and adjacent to Fountain Creek.

Underpass improvements at East 4th street and East 8th Street will include safety lighting, retaining walls and fencing to discourage loitering and transient use. The Creek Side Access and Activity Area will include a series of interpretive signs and two scenic overlooks, which focus on the uniqueness of the creek, the challenges urban development pose to the creek, historic exploration of trails, and the types of habitats along the creek corridor.

Park improvement will include a plaza area for public events, concrete sidewalks, an irrigation system and landscaping.

The project was awarded to Cortez Construction Co. of Pueblo. Construction began on March 9th, 2015 and is anticipated to be completed by November, 2015.