Widening project on northbound I-225 from Parker to Mississippi is done

Crew removes the cones from northbound I-225

Crew removes the cones from northbound I-225

AURORA, Colo. — For the first time in two years, northbound I-225 between Parker Road and Mississippi Avenue in Aurora does not have any construction equipment on it. All lanes are open as the highway widening project hits a major milestone.

It’s a huge relief for drivers who have been stuck in the slow moving traffic as crews added a fourth lane in each direction.

The $63 million project was two decades in the making. “It will remove the last remaining bottleneck on northbound I-225, an effort that started in 1994,” says Project Chief Engineer Jerome Estes. “Literally hundreds¬† of people have dedicated parts of their life to accomplish this.”

The southbound side isn’t quite there yet. It will be done in about two months.

Construction on the new I-225 Rail Line continues, but it will not impact highway traffic. It opens to the public in 2016.