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Mind the Gap

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Did you know?

  • There were 5,537 crashes from 2011 to 2015 (from C-470 to Colorado Springs) .
  • The top causes of crashes are rear-end and sideswipe collisions, with most crashes occurring on Saturdays.
  • The highest number of crashes happen June, July and August.
  • Of 15 fatal crashes between 2011 and 2015, over half involved alcohol or drugs.
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Know the Gap

  • "The Gap" is an 18-mile stretch of I-25 between Monument and C-470 that has not been upgraded since the mid 1950s.
  • Eighty percent of all crashes are rear-end, sideswipe in the same direction and fixed-object crashes (from C-470 – Colorado Springs).
  • The highest number of crashes occur over the summer in the mornings (7 a.m . and 8 a.m., and at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.).
  • The Gap has higher-than-average weather-related crashes and animal-vehicle collisions.
  • Narrow shoulders and more than 1,000 feet in elevation gain can make for challenging conditions.
  • Growing congestion and a road not built to handle an average of up to 87,000 vehicles on a weekend day contribute to crashes and closures.
  • CDOT is on an aggressive track to improve the road and will be ready for construction by summer 2019 if funding is available.

Know Before You Go

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Together we can Mind The Gap

CDOT has taken the following steps to improve safety NOW:

  • Clear accidents—Working with local law enforcement to clear accidents quickly

  • Roadside help—Increased the Courtesy Patrol to help drivers with flat tires, jump starts and other assistance

  • Travel options—Offer regional bus service through CDOT’s Bustang

  • Travel signs and info—Provide real-time information and travel-planning tools

What you can Do

  • Mind your space—Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

  • Mind your blind spots—Make sure you are clear before switching lanes to prevent sideswipes.

  • Mind your speed—Drive the posted speed limit.

  • Mind the unexpected—Speeds, construction, weather and wildlife can change road conditions quickly.

  • Mind the latest information—Plan ahead and know before you go. Visit cotrip.org, or call 511 for the latest road conditions.

Know Critical Safety Info


Mend the Gap
A project is in the study phase to identify immediate and long-term solutions to I-25 from C-470 to Colorado Springs. Improvements will greatly improve the safety, reliability and travel options for the corridor.

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