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Plans to widen I-25 to 3 lanes in northern Colorado

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KUSA - The Colorado Department of Transportation has a plan, and grant money, to widen Interstate 25 to three lanes in northern Colorado. Whether it happens anytime soon depends on if the grant money comes through.

Roughly $145 million has been applied for by CDOT Region 4 on behalf of northern Colorado. However, there is a problem: the communities affected can't exactly agree on a plan.

That's because much of Weld County already has three lanes, and CDOT is proposing the third lane be a "managed" lane that motorists would have to pay to use.

"We just don't want our taxpayers, who have already paid for this improvement along I-25, to be penalized," Weld County commissioner Sean Conway said.

Conway says taxpayers in Weld County already paid for the third lane, which they might have to pay for again if CDOT's plan is realized.

"What you see today is a tale of two cities. You see a tale of good planning, and good vision, and a section of highway, quite frankly, that was ignored north of Mead," Conway said.

Larimer County commissioner Tom Donnelly says in the next 30 years, traffic on I-25 will increase by roughly 250 percent. He says those all over Northern Colorado know something needs to be done on I-25 before then.

"What's at stake here is really the economic vitality of our region," Donnelly said.

He says the details of the expansion plan aren't ironed out, and that politicians will be meeting Wednesday night in an effort to find consensus.

CDOT says an announcement on whether grant money will go to northern Colorado will come by the end of September.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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