The removal of the Interstate 25 bridge over U.S. 24 and Cimarron Street was completed Saturday night, prompting officials to reopen the intersection and the on- and off-ramps one day ahead of schedule.
The area was expected to be closed until 5 a.m. Monday, but crews worked "both efficiently and safely" to complete the project early, said Dave Watt, the Colorado Department of Transportation project manager, in a statement.
"We know the temporary closure of the U.S./Cimarron Street was an inconvenience for the traveling public," he added, "so it's a bonus the work was completed earlier than originally expected."
With the demolition of the I-25 bridge, the project moves into its second phase, which includes new traffic signals and signs on Cimarron, landscaping, pedestrian bridges over Upper Fountain Creek and Monument Creek and pavement, realignment, bridge and ramp work on northbound I-25.
The $113-million project is expected to be completed by fall 2017.