COLORADO SPRINGS — Most of the work on the 18-mile long stretch of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock is taking place during the overnight hours Sunday through Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Anyone who makes the commute through the GAP Project knows to expect long delays, especially on Sunday nights.
There are a few changes being made this week that will definitely impact drivers along the highway and the thing is, it won't be stopping on Friday morning as usual. Here's what's on CDOT's schedule for the next several days and it's not going to be easy to navigate through the entire weekend.
Wednesday night, crews are closing the ramp from northbound I-25 to Upper Lake Gulch Rd. to reset the barriers. If you would normally exit there, you'll have to continue north to Tomah Rd, where you can then turn around and head southbound on I-25 to exit at Upper Lake Gulch Rd.
On Friday night, construction kicks in at 8:00 p.m. and the ramp from Upper Lake Gulch Rd. to southbound I-25 will be closed to set up a new lane alignment. Drivers are being detoured to Tomah Rd. where you can then jump onto southbound I-25.
The weekend is going to be a hairy one through the GAP. Starting on Saturday night, crews require a 16-hour single lane closure of southbound I-25 from County Line Road to CO 105 in Monument beginning at 7 p.m. The lanes will remain closed until Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. The extra long closure will allow crews to safely and efficiently install drainage pipe in the area.
CDOT is trying to encourage drivers to avoid taking Highway 83 or Highway 105. They'd prefer you plan in the delays on your trip and stay the course on I-25. Many people are still going to opt for the local detours and that means you can expect lengthy delays on the alternate routes as well.