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I-25 widening could break ground in mid-2018

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Improvements to I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock could be coming sooner than expected.

Tuesday, Colorado Department of Transportation leaders said widening the 18 mile stretch between Monument and Castle Rock will be moved up a full year, with an expected ground breaking in mid-2018.

“1800 crashes in four years, 620 of them personal injury crashes, that's really what this is about,” said Michael Lewis with C-DOT. “Every time there's a crash, every time there's a flat tire, every time there's a breakdown on that 18 mile stretch, everything comes to a stop and that's in good weather."

The project, which leaders said will add lanes to the median portion of the interstate, is expected to cost around $350 million dollars.

“The citizens of El Paso county are very frustrated, they're incredibly frustrated with this connecter between two of the 40 largest markets in America,” said Mark Waller, who’s an El Paso County Commissioner.

El Paso County is funding $25 million of the $350 million dollar price tag.

The county has also applied for a $65 million dollar grant that would help with the funding, but that amount is not a certainty.

Leaders said the widening work will move to the inside of the median, so the outer footprint of the interstate won’t change.

C-DOT is considering making those extra lanes part-time toll lanes with fluctuating tolls depending on the amount of traffic and peak times.

Pricing for the potential toll lanes isn’t determined yet, but could be in the ballpark of $1 to $3 dollars.

The project is expected to be complete in 2021.

If you would like to express your opinion, a public meeting will be held on Thursday, December 7th from 5-7pm at `3755 Mark Dabling Boulevard in Colorado Springs.

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