COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Colorado Department of Transportation is moving forward with an environmental impact study that could green lightconstruction on I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock.
The Planning and Engineering Linkage Study will review the I-25 corridor and will focus on things like congestion, safety and the environmental impactthat future improvements to the highway could have.
The 26 mile stretch between Monument and Castle Rock is a two lane highway in both directions.
“We recognize that there’s congestion along the corridor and certainly people’s frustrations traveling to and from Colorado Springs to Denver,” said Lesley Mace, a CDOT project engineer. “It’s very important to us. It is our number one priority here in the region.”
The $3.75 million dollar preliminary study could take up to 18 months to complete.
“We want to take time to ensure that we’re looking at the appropriate options so that the safety and operational improvements in the future will give us those desired results,” said Mace.
With 60,000 vehicles passing through the corridor daily, those results potentially include widening the highway in both directions.
“We’re not ruling out any options as far as widening, potential additional lanes,” said Mace. “Things like that are what we are currently considering.”
The study is a current analysis of the conditions along the corridor meaning how much improvements could cost or how long they might take is unknown.
“What future construction impact has not yet been determined,” said Mace. “We’re too early in the study to really be able to identify those but certainly when we look at options and make those considerations we’ll be informing the public.”