Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-07-21 19:50:13 –
Douglas County — A lot is happening now in the Gap project towards the final year of the four-year expansion. This project extends the 18-mile I-25 between Colorado Springs and Denver. With some work done, it’s much easier for about 80,000 vehicles to pass through the construction zone each day.
There is new pavement with enough space to roll over the monument hill part of the project. “In many cases, where there were concrete barriers before, they are now gone and will never come back,” said Bob Wilson of the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). On the other side of the north, near Castle Rock, there are no barriers and newly paved lanes. “In many areas, open roads are straight and smooth with brand new pavement. By the time the pavement is complete, it has already reached 70% levels,” Wilson said. Both ends are striped in two lanes on the shoulder, which is very wide. The expansion is designed for three lanes in each direction, but will not be expanded until all phases of the project have been completed.
Attention and need for attention remain in Phase 3, the section that passes through the town of Larkspur. “This is the most complex part of the project because we need to soften the number of bridges and the curvature of the highway,” Wilson said. In the middle of the project, it remains a large, active construction zone of just over four miles.
All curves and challenging geography in the central section slow down the pace of work. “It’s still impacting and people need to be prepared to slow down and prepare for some lane changes,” Wilson said. Working in this area fills the final year of the four-year timeline.
Drivers can find and enjoy the newly opened lanes, but everyone needs to remember that the entire 18-mile section remains in the construction zone. State patrols are forcing with soldiers watching from the air and from the ground.
Newly paved lanes opening as The Gap project heads into final year Source link Newly paved lanes opening as The Gap project heads into final year