Local, state and federal leaders unite in support of I-25 project acceleration

Congested stretch of I-25 from C-470 to Colorado Springs receives $15 million and the call for coalition building and funding-solution partners.

Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge (center) shares the stage with John Cater, FHWA Administrator (far left); John Suthers, Mayor, City of Colorado Springs; Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner and Board Chair (right); and Shailen Bhatt, CDOT Executive Director (far right) as plans were announced to accelerate the environmental and planning process for improvements on I-25 from C470 to Colorado Springs, with attention to the gap area from Monument to Castle Rock.
Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge (center) shares the stage with John Cater, FHWA Administrator (far left); John Suthers, Mayor, City of Colorado Springs; Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner and Board Chair (right); and Shailen Bhatt, CDOT Executive Director (far right) as plans were announced to accelerate the environmental and planning process for improvements on I-25 from C470 to Colorado Springs, with attention to the gap area from Monument to Castle Rock.

 

By accelerating the environmental and planning process with a $15 million investment for improvements on I-25 from C470 to Colorado Springs — with attention to the gap area from Monument to Castle Rock — the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) expects to be project-ready for construction by summer of 2019, with a project fully constructed between Castle Rock to Monument in five years, if funding is identified for construction.

“As congestion continues to build along I-25, CDOT has decided that this project can’t wait,” said Shailen Bhatt, CDOT Executive Director. “We’re going to do our part and get ready for construction in two years. Now we need others to partner with us – to help us come up with the $300 to $400 million we need to build it.”

“Douglas County obviously shares CDOT’s prioritization of this project and has demonstrated our support as a funding partner, committing $250,000 to the early study and associated process,” said Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge.

“As history shows, CDOT, Douglas County and many others have successfully partnered to improve many of the seven state highways running through Douglas County during the past decade, with a few projects underway right now,” Partridge continued.

“With that in mind, we are committed to doing what is required to organize this coalition of like-minded leaders, working with CDOT, the City of Colorado Springs, the Town of Castle Rock, El Paso County, the FHWA and others on a construction-funding solution so that we can meet the 2019 ground-breaking commitment,” Partridge concluded.

“I applaud the collaborative work among Douglas County, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, and CDOT to accelerate improvements to I-25 South,” said Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO). “Today’s announcement is the result of an innovative funding solution and the partnership to make the project a reality and it should serve as an example to other localities throughout Colorado and the country.  Colorado’s infrastructure must keep pace with its growth, and the acceleration of the I-25 South project is recognition of this necessity.”

“We are pleased that particular attention is being given to the 17-mile stretch of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock,” said Sallie Clark, El Paso County Board President.  This is a truly critical and urgent need and collaboration between El Paso County and Douglas County along with CDOT and FHWA will help make this project happen,” she added.

For additional information about this project, including two public meetings on January 24 and January 26, visit www.codot.gov/projects/i-25-co-springs-denver-south-pel

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