Construction will begin in September to add a pair of toll lanes to Colorado’s Interstate 25 “Gap,” providing drivers with six open lanes by 2021. Crews will begin the project’s first leg shortly after Labor Day, with work starting about five miles from Castle Rock to Sky View Lane.
In addition to adding toll lanes, the project will widen shoulders, add wildlife crossings, and improve drainage, pavement and bridges. A truck climbing lane will also be added to the interstate southbound side.
The goal is to keep two lanes open in each direction during construction, especially during peak traffic hours, CDOT spokeswoman Tamara Rollinson told The Gazette. Although most work will occur behind concrete barriers, lanes may occasionally close.
CDOT officials say the project will reduce time drivers spend on I-25 and improve traveler safety. However, some residents oppose the renovations, saying the tolls amount to double taxation since local taxpayers are contributing to the project. They also say the project won’t relieve traffic congestion because only affluent drivers will pay the toll.
The project was awarded a $65 million grant from U.S. DOT’s Infrastructure for Rebuilding America program, deemed a crucial piece of funding. The remaining $350 million will be paid for by a combination of state funds and money from El Paso and Douglas Counties and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
Source: The Gazette