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El Paso County to host second meeting about I-25 Gap project on Saturday

March 7, 2018 Updated: March 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm
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Looking north towards Castle Rock Thursday, Deceber 22, 2016 as heavy traffic moves along I-25 which is two lanes in each direction. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

El Paso County citizens will have another chance to make comments and voice concerns about the Interstate 25 "Gap" project on Saturday.

Residents can learn more about the project at a meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave., according to a county news release.

Under the Colorado Department of Transportation's proposal, a pair of toll lanes would be added to the roughly 18-mile stretch from Monument to Castle Rock, widening the interstate from two to three lanes in each direction.

About 50 people, many of whom aired grievances about toll lanes, attended a Feb. 24 county meeting at Lewis-Palmer High School about the project.

State transportation officials have said they believe toll lanes, which have helped reduce traffic on thoroughfares such as U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder, are the best option for the Gap. CDOT has also held a series of public meetings to address questions and concerns.

The funding plan for the project isn't final. Officials expect to hear back this spring about a $65 million federal grant for the widening. The rest of the $350 million cost would be paid with $35 million in local tax dollars, including money from El Paso and Douglas counties, and $250 million in state allocations, mostly from a new law expected to generate revenue through the sale of state-owned buildings.

Construction could begin in the fall if all funding sources are secured, CDOT officials have said.

Residents can learn more or comment on the project anytime at codot.gov/projects/i-25-south-monument-castle-rock-ea.

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Contact Rachel Riley: 636-0108

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