CDOT changes construction traffic plan on I-25 after rush-hour confusion, frustration

DENVER - CDOT has altered the traffic pattern through a construction zone on I-25 south of Denver after a confusing approach caused huge backups Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

I-25 and the frontage road were both jammed, trapping Andrew Kardish in his car with countless other frustrated commuters.

"People are frustrated," he said.

Kardish says his drive from Castle Pines to downtown Denver usually takes 25 minutes. Tuesday morning, however, he says it took 75 minutes.

"I just need to know so I can prepare accordingly," Kardish said.

The work causing the delay is part of a $1.2 million bridge improvement project between Castle Pines and Ridgegate Parkways. A new traffic pattern that fluctuated between three and four lanes was established Monday afternoon without any warning and CDOT admits that was a mistake.

"People know where to reach out to CDOT when they're not happy with what we're doing and we certainly heard from folks this morning, I know others did and so we're out switching the traffic right back now," said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford.

To prevent additional confusion and frustration, CDOT now says the stretch of road will be consistent at three lanes during the project.

The project is scheduled to last until early November. CDOT asks drivers for patience, saying this project is designed to make that stretch of I-25 safer and reduce the wear and tear on cars.

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