All lanes of I-25 in the Gap set to open by mid-December 2021

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 9:11 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Governor Jared Polis will be joined on Monday by other federal and local leaders to provide a “major update” on the I-25 South Gap project.

Officials say all lanes of traffic will open in the gap by mid-December with an express lane fully open in both directions.

“We are proud to deliver the Gap highway project ahead of schedule and under budget. All lanes of traffic both ways through the 1-25 South Gap between Monument and Castle Rock will be open an entire year earlier than promised. We are reducing traffic, improving infrastructure and safety and this stretch of I-25 is key to powering our economic recovery forward as it connects people, businesses, and communities. I thank all of our local, state, and federal partners for their collaboration,” said Gov. Polis.

This project will include “new Express Lanes, wider shoulders, rebuilt bridges, new wildlife crossings, new pavement and improved technology along 18 miles of I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument”.

This is one year earlier than expected and reportedly under budget.

“We were able to accelerate the timeline while staying on budget due to strong integration with the project team that allowed for greater innovation and creative sequencing of construction activities,” said CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew. “We thank our state, local, and federal partners for their collaboration at every turn. We are especially grateful to our law enforcement and first responder colleagues who helped us manage this complex workzone amidst live traffic and often difficult weather conditions.”

“For years, the 18-mile gap on I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock created hazards for drivers and long delays for motorists,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “We will soon have a much-improved interstate as motorists reap the benefits of greater safety and travel reliability. On behalf of the many partners that made this project a reality, I’m thrilled to see this day arrive.”

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Sen. John Hickenlooper, Shoshana Lew, Colorado Department of Transportation Executive Director, Col. Matthew Packard, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol, Mayor John Suthers, City of Colorado Springs, and Tim Maloney, Vice President of Kraemer North America were all in attendance Monday afternoon.

Minor construction will continue through 2022. Some of those projects include the final paving and striping operations in the middle section of the project near Larkspur, the installation of deer guards off I-25, and landscaping. Toll testing and integration will also happen through 2022.

Several other officials released the following statements on the project:

Click here for more information on the I-25 south Gap Project.

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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