The Colorado Department of Transportation announced the completion of the Ports-to-Plains corridor, a 20-year undertaking, Aug. 2.
With the opening of U.S. 40/287 through Kit Carson, Colorado's portion of the Ports-to-Plains route is finished, running from the Oklahoma border to Limon.
"It's exciting to see the completion of the final Ports-to-Plains project in Colorado," Federal Highway Administration Colorado division administrator John Cater said in a statement. "This is a vital freight corridor which will provide long-term economics benefits for Colorado and all the states along the corridor."
The 200-mile project was launched more than 20 years ago and has been constructed in 24 segments.
"Since the Ports-to-Plains route is considered crucial for national, state and local economic development, reconstructing the highway with wider shoulders throughout to accommodate commercial truck traffic was vital for improving safety, as well as for current and future travel requirements," CDOT chief engineer Tim Harris stated in a recent release. "CDOT has been looking forward to reaching this milestone."