Interstate 25 - Colorado
Interstate 25 is the main north-south freeway corridor through Colorado. Part of the Camino Real High Priority Corridor, Interstate 25 connects Mexico with Canada via ports at El Paso and a connection with Interstates 15 and 90 to Canada. The freeway is undergoing several improvements as part of this corridor strategy, including the massive T-REX improvement project in Denver, upgrades through Colorado Springs, and planned expansion of the freeway to six lanes along the Front Range.
Once completed in Colorado, Interstate 25 replaced U.S. 87. That route is silently merged with Interstate 25 for most of its length in Colorado. There are a handful of U.S. 87 shields, and a fun game may be to find the three or so shields for U.S. 87 that remain on Interstate 25. U.S. 87 does not appear on any overhead signs in Colorado.
Interstate 25 Colorado Highway Guides
Interstate 25 was the first mainline Interstate highway to be completed in Colorado. It was also the first segment of freeway to be built in Colorado. Known as the Valley Highway (U.S. 87), the first two-mile section of future Interstate 25 began construction in August, 1948, and was completed in 1950. By 1958, the Valley Highway through the Denver metropolitan area was completed, only two years after the Interstate Highway Act was signed by President Eisenhower. Another pre-Interstate section of Interstate 25 that was grandfathered into the system included a 9.2-mile segment of freeway in Pueblo (construction began in 1949 and was completed in 1958). A notable milestone in the construction process was the extension of Interstate 25 into Wyoming on October 11, 1964. This date marked the first occasion when a Colorado Interstate actually crossed state lines and entered another state. A 26-mile segment of Interstate 25 heading north from Wellington opened on that date.
|Trinidad/Raton Pass||From Raton Pass at New Mexico Line north to south edge of Trinidad||13 miles||1966|
|Trinidad||Elevated portion, approximately three miles in length||3 miles||1963|
|Trinidad to Walsenburg||From Trinidad north to Walsenburg. This was the last segment of I-25 to be completed in Colorado ; it was dedicated on 9/21/69||21 miles||1969|
|Walsenburg||Constructed as the Walsenburg Bypass||3 miles||1964|
|Walsenburg to Colorado City||Connects north end of Walsenburg bypass with Colorado 165 interchange||22 miles||1968|
|Colorado City||From Colorado 165 interchange in Colorado City north to Pueblo Boulevard||20 miles||1965|
|Pueblo||Original urban freeway segment of Interstate 25 near downtown Pueblo ; includes 0.6-mile long bridge over Arkansas River||9.2 miles||July 1959|
|South of Pueblo to Monument||From south of Pueblo to north of Colorado Springs; connected pre-existing segments in Pueblo and Colorado Springs||67 miles||1961|
|Colorado Springs||Original urban freeway segment of Interstate 25 near downtown Colorado Springs||12 miles||July 1960|
|Monument Hill||Monument to Larkspur||12 miles||1965|
|Larkspur to Castle Rock||9 miles||1968|
|Castle Rock to Denver||Connects Castle Rock with Valley Highway in Denver||25 miles||1963|
|Denver||From Evans Avenue north to 48th Avenue . This urban freeway was first section of Interstate 25 built; it was known as the Valley Highway (U.S. 87)||11.2 miles||November 1958|
|Denver Northside||From the north end of the Valley Highway (at 48th Avenue ) north to 58th Avenue||0.5 mile||1961|
|Denver north||From 58th Avenue to Colorado 7||14 miles||1963|
|Longmont Area||From Colorado 7 to Colorado 66||14 miles||1961|
|North of Denver||From Colorado 66 to U.S. 34||14 miles||1963|
|Fort Collins Area||U.S. 34 to (now former) Colorado 68 ( Harmony Road )||8 miles||1965|
|Colorado 68 to North of Wellington||Harmony Road in Fort Collins to Buckeye Road (at that time, Interstate 25 became continuous from Walsenburg north to Colorado/Wyoming border)||23 miles||1968|
|North Link||From north of Wellington ( Buckeye Road ) to Colorado-Wyoming Border||17 miles||October 1964|
|This suite of pictures shows the former Steele Street bridge on the day before it was to be demolished overnight by work crews. Photos taken 02/02/02.||
Page Updated July 23, 2005.