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I-25 South Gap: Monument to Castle Rock

Gov. John Hickenlooper led a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-25 South Gap project Aug. 30, officially kicking off construction. Joining Gov. Hickenlooper and CDOT were representatives from Colorado State Patrol, the Federal Highway Administration, Douglas County, El Paso County, the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, and several elected officials who played major roles in getting this project from study to construction. Construction officially starts after Labor Day.

Project Facts

The Gap is an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 25 from south of Castle Rock to Monument. It is the only four-lane section of I-25, connecting Colorado's two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs. Over the years, congestion, crashes and delays have grown due to population growth and more people using the road.

Efforts to improve these conditions are underway.

  • Cost: $350 million, with contributions from Douglas and El Paso counties, Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority and a federal INFRA grant
  • Contractor: Kraemer North America
  • Timeline: September 2018-late 2021; toll testing to continue into early 2022
  • Location: 18 miles in both directions of I-25, south of Castle Rock to Monument, in Douglas and El Paso counties

Construction to Begin on I-25 South Gap

Starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, crews on this project began making improvements to an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 25 known as "The Gap," which starts south of Castle Rock and continues to Monument. In addition to building one new lane in each direction of I-25, this project will provide the following benefits:

 Safety: Crews will widen shoulders outside and inside the travel lanes for vehicle pull-off and emergency response. This improvement will also help with drainage.

 Driver choice: After crews add an Express Lane in each direction of I-25, drivers will have the choice to use the Express Lane for a reliable trip in exchange for a toll, or to use one of the two general-purpose lanes for free. Carpoolers (vehicles with three or more people) can ride the Express Lane for free.

 Wildlife safety: Crews will construct five new wildlife crossings and install deer fencing.

 Improved pavement: Crews will add a new overlay to the existing pavement for a smoother ride.

 Improved infrastructure: Crews will reconstruct four bridges, and extend ramps.

 Improved truck access: Crews will add truck climbing lanes near Monument Hill and the Greenland exit.

 Advanced technology: Crews will modernize communications and power along the corridor to enable advanced technology.



Driver Impacts

Construction, by nature, will always impact those who use the road. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during the day.

Still, drivers should expect slower speed limits (65 mph), narrower lanes, increased volume, nighttime lane closures, and construction trucks entering and exiting the interstate throughout the corridor.

Construction crews will be working around-the-clock and sometimes on weekends to deliver these improvements on-time, on-budget and with as little impact as possible.

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