Eleven miles of concrete jungle are part of a cone zone if you drive in or out of northern Colorado Springs. Most of the work to widen both sides of I-25 to three lanes each is done from 9 p.m. till 5 a.m. The burning question has been why do we have to drive at lower posted speed limits like it's an active cone zone when it's a virtual cone zone ghost town?
CDOT Engineer Wayne Pittman took me for a tour of the work. Yes, most of the work is being done in the p.m. and early morning, but there are other factors to consider to make you slow down, too. Pittman said, "We've narrowed the lanes down and we reduced the shoulders of the road. We're also have Springs snow storms. The last thing you want to do is hit a concrete barrier at 75 miles an hour."
Remember it's 65 or the posted speed limit for a construction zone. I saw law enforcement buzzing around the area when I was there. The work to widen the road should be done by the end of this year. All the finishing touches on this stretch of the interstate should be completed by July 4, 2014.