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LONE TREE, Colo. -- A heads up for commuters heading northbound on Interstate 25 into the metro area Monday morning.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is temporarily changing the traffic pattern as part of a project to widen the interstate.

It’s happening between RidgeGate Parkway and County Line Road, and drivers say it is causing some confusion.

CDOT says warning signs go back into Castle Rock, alerting drivers to the change. The signs might be a bit small and hard to read when driving at 75 mph. That might explain why the change is difficult for some drivers to deal with.

"It's a big pain in the butt to go through," Colorado Springs resident Kevin Sanchez said.

Road construction in Colorado is driving him crazy.

"There's no way to get around it. Wish there was a way, but there isn't, unfortunately," he said.

Sanchez encountered his latest construction trouble while heading to a Rockies game.

"We were going about 65 (mph) and lot of people were going 75. Soon as we got down a little bit further, people were slamming on their brakes. Got pretty interesting there," he said.

Probably as interesting as one driver who stopped on the interstate when he approached orange road dividers at RidgeGate Parkway. The project will widen I-25 one lane in each direction from RidgeGate to County Line Road.

CDOT is splitting the two right lanes from the two left lanes starting at RidgeGate to make room for a temporary work zone in the middle.

"The two left lanes will be through lanes. So you will not be able to exit on any of the exits in between there. But if you need to exit, we encourage people to use the right hand lanes," CDOT spokeswoman Emily Wilfong said.

CDOT says just three weeks of this work will let it finish the project two months sooner. And it keeps drivers like Sanchez from waving the white flag of surrender.

"It's worth it, in the end, it's well worth it. Who  doesn't like progress? A lot of people are afraid of progress. But I am all for it," he said.

If you miss the RidgeGate, Lincoln, C-470/E-470 or County Line exits, CDOT said exit at Dry Creek Road and head back onto the highway southbound.

Besides widening I-25, the $32 million project will replace the asphalt with concrete and make it easier to get on and off the ramps.

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