CDOT Hosting Telephone Town Hall Focused on I-25 South Gap Project Construction Start

Information courtesy of CDOT

Traffic jam on I-25

Construction started this week on an 18-mile section of Interstate 25 known as the I-25 South Gap. Commuters can learn more about the project and expected impacts by tuning into a telephone town hall meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting the telephone town hall so drivers can learn more about the project and expected traffic impacts over the next three years of construction. Most importantly, attendees can also ask questions that will either be answered on the call or through follow-up.

Beginning at 6:15 p.m. residents in the area will be called at random through an automated system and invited to take part in the town hall. After answering the phone, the caller will be automatically connected to the meeting. Anyone who does not receive a call but still wants to participate, can call toll-free, 1-877-229-8493, and enter passcode 117409.

The I-25 South Gap project will:

  • Add one lane in each direction between Monument and Castle Rock. The new lane will operate as an Express Lane, so motorists will always have the choice of taking the two general-purpose lanes for free or taking the Express Lane for a reliable trip in exchange for a toll.
  • Widen shoulders to allow room for enforcement zones, maintenance and detours around incidents.
  • Rehabilitate structures and pavement, including the replacement of four bridges.
  • Build four wildlife underpasses and expand the existing one at Plum Creek.
  • Improve lighting, signage, fencing and other features.

As construction gets underway this week, drivers can expect two lanes of traffic to remain open during the day. Lane closures that are necessary for safety will occur overnight, between 8 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.

Most of the initial traffic impacts will be focused in the northern section of the project, between Plum Creek Parkway and Sky View Lane. Still, motorists will see some construction activity corridor-wide where crews are re-locating the fiber optic lines east of I-25.

Work in additional areas along the corridor will begin in phases. By summer 2019, the entire 18-mile stretch will be experiencing active construction. Substantial construction completion is planned for late 2021 with tolling to begin in 2022.

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