Safety campaign asks you to 'Mind the Gap' along I-25
The number of crashes between Monument and C-470 along I-25 has officials launching a new campaign hoping the public will be extra cautious when traveling along one of the busier stretches of the highway.
From 2011 to 2015 the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reports there were 5,537 crashes on I-25 between C-470 and Colorado Springs. The top causes of those crashes were rear-end and sideswipe collisions. CDOT is asking the public to "Mind the Gap," the gap being an 18-mile stretch between Monument and C-470.
“Without a doubt, safety is our number one concern and we urge drivers to take caution when traveling this stretch of highway,” said Tamara Rollison, CDOT Communications Manager in a release. “The Gap has not been upgraded since the 1950's and until we can improve this stretch of highway, we are asking drivers to help us by minding the gap.”
As part of the campaign, CDOT is emphasizing the following safety tips and is encouraging drivers to plan ahead:
-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.
According to Rollison, CDOT is on an aggressive track to improve the road and will be ready for construction by summer 2019 if funding is available. A Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study is underway to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this critical stretch of highway, connecting the state’s two largest cities.