As crews begin work on the 7-mile southern section of "The Gap," north of Monument on Interstate 25, the El Paso County Board of County Commissioners announced Jan. 22 it had accepted a $65 million federal highway grant.
The grant will help fund the widening of I-25 from two lanes each way to three between Monument and Castle Rock.
Not mentioned in the Jan. 22 news release from commissioners is the fact users of the additional lanes will be charged a toll, which sparked anger among some citizens. The grant was predicated on the toll lanes, though commissioners didn't reveal that to citizens until after the application was submitted in 2017. Nor were voters told of the toll lanes when asked in 2017 to approve funding from county coffers, an initiative that passed.
Other funding for the $350 million project comes from Douglas County and the state.
By summer, construction will be underway along the entire 18-mile stretch, the state reports.
Watch for overnight lane closures in both directions, though two lanes of traffic will be maintained north and south during daytime peak hours. Also, the speed limit will be reduced to 65 mph in the construction zone, and some ramps will be closed periodically. Get weekly email updates at i25gap.codot.gov.