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Improvements planned for stretch of I-225

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — The Colorado Department of Transportation confirmed plans to enhance a piece of northbound Interstate 225 in Aurora between Alameda and sixth avenues.

The stretch was a cause for concern among politicians and police, and it additionally introduced a name to motion from the household of somebody who died in a crash there final 12 months.

“I’ve been driving that for years, and I’ve noticed an irregularity in the road,” Aurora Council Member Steve Sundberg mentioned.

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In early April, Sundberg was involved in regards to the stretch of I-225.

“For that spot, you can see marks and scrapes on the concrete barriers years ago and debris from vehicles that have crashed,” Sundberg mentioned.

Traffic on I-225 in AuroraTraffic on I-225 in Aurora

Traffic on I-225 in Aurora

‘7 fatalities at this spot’ on I-225 in Aurora

Several lethal crashes occurred there. Two have been on the identical day final 12 months, and the latest was on March 30.

“In nine months, there have been seven fatalities at this spot,” Sundberg mentioned. “Veteran police officer in Aurora says that for the last six years, this has been a problem spot.”

In April, Aurora police shared their concerns in regards to the stretch of I-225 with FOX31 because the household of Austin Alarcon known as for one thing to be achieved. Alarcon died in a July 2023 crash on the similar location.

“First, we implore the public to drive safely,” Sundberg mentioned. “But we implore CDOT to shift gears and put the pedal to the metal and get this project fixed.”

Debris from a deadly crash on Interstate 225Debris from a deadly crash on Interstate 225

Debris from a lethal crash on Interstate 225

I-225 enhancements planned

Change is coming to the stretch. CDOT confirmed to FOX31 that plans are being drafted for enhancements.

“That’s planned to be completed this summer,” Aurora Deputy City Manager Laura Perry mentioned.

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The intention is to stage the street the place there’s a distinguished bump blamed for autos shedding management. Some consider this will probably be a life-saving enchancment.

“Which will then go under construction next year,” Perry mentioned.

CDOT mentioned their engineers have met with metropolis officers from Aurora to debate short-term design work. Meanwhile, Sundberg mentioned the Aurora Police Department is predicted to extend velocity enforcement alongside the stretch of I-225.

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