Crews will soon begin work to improve mobility and save lives along one of the most heavily traveled corridors in Colorado, Interstate 25. Gov. John Hickenlooper led a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-25 South Gap project Aug. 30, officially kicking off construction on the 18-mile project between Monument and Castle Rock.
Joining Hickenlooper and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) were representatives from Colorado State Patrol, the Federal Highway Administration, Douglas County, El Paso County, the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, and several elected officials who played major roles in getting this project from study to construction.
“Getting this project to construction would not have been possible without the leadership of many of our elected officials along the corridor at the federal, state and local levels,” Hickenlooper said. “It’s an example of great collaboration that will go a long way in saving lives, reducing congestion and providing reliable travel options.”
The I-25 South Gap is a four-lane section of I-25 connecting Colorado’s two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs. Over the years, congestion, crashes and delays have grown along with Colorado’s population. Safety along this vital transportation corridor has been a key concern.
“Our trooper family knows too well the hazards of this corridor,” said Col. Matthew Packard, Colorado State Patrol Chief. “The I-25 South Gap is a tough place to work. We’re thankful to all the partners that came together to accelerate this project for everyone’s safety.”