CASTLE ROCK – The 350-million dollar, 3-year-long I-25 widening project on “The Gap” kicked off on Tuesday morning.
Here’s what you can expect to see on the 18-mile long stretch of roadway between Monument and Castle Rock.
Part one of the project starts between Castle Rock and just south of the Plum Creek Pkwy. exit.
Most of the lane closures will take place overnight, but you will still see work crews in the median during the day.
You’ll encounter speed reductions through the construction zone, as well as narrower lanes. Two lanes will still be open in both directions during the daytime hours, but you may still find delayed travel times. During the overnight hours, delays and lane closures are to be expected.
Once the project is complete drivers will notice fresh pavement, wider shoulders and a third toll lane. The toll lane is controversial and CDOT says they’re doing everything possible to keep that toll cost effective. CDOT’s Tamara Rollison says the fee will be right around 15 cents a mile and about $2.25 a trip which is the lowest in the state and the lowest in the country as well.
The project won’t be completed until sometime in 2021. The toll fee collection isn’t expected to start until 2022.