Representatives from cities, counties, business and economic development interests up and down the I-25 corridor between Denver South and Colorado Springs announced the formation of the I-25 Gap Coalition to advocate for transportation improvements in the gap area between Castle Rock and Monument.
“Coalitions have been a successful model for obtaining transportation funding and advancing projects in Colorado,” said Douglas County Commissioner Roger Partridge. “We are committed to doing what is required to organize like-minded leaders to find a construction-funding solution so that we can meet our 2019 ground-breaking commitment.”
In January, CDOT announced plans to accelerate the environmental and planning process to have a project ready for construction by summer 2019 – with a project fully constructed between Castle Rock to Monument in five years – if funding is identified for construction.
The Coalition hopes to assist in identifying funding sources and financing mechanisms to advance project implementation that improve safety and trip time reliability and provide much needed relief to traffic congestion.
“Widening I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock must be a very high priority for the State of Colorado, as both an economic catalyst and safety improvement,” noted Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “I commend CDOT for its commitment to accelerating the timeline on this vital project and encourage the Colorado Legislature to find an equitable funding mechanism for this and other major state transportation initiatives.”
As the primary link between Colorado’s two largest urban areas – Denver and Colorado Springs – I-25 serves a variety of users, and plays an important role in the transport of goods and services along Colorado’s Front Range and beyond.
“Improving the I-25 ‘gap’ is critical to ensuring efficient movement of goods, commuters, and tourists throughout Southern Colorado and the state,” added Dirk Draper, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC. “Our economy depends on the efficient operation of statewide arteries like I-25.”
“Expanding I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument is crucial to meet the national security, public safety, and economic needs for southern Colorado in the years to come,” said El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller. “Waiting is no longer an option. We must move this project forward now.”
Colorado Springs is the home of military installations ranging from the United States Air Force Academy on the north side of the city to Shriever and Peterson Air Force bases on the east side, and Fort Carson and NORAD and Cheyenne Mountain Air Station on the south.
“I-25 provides essential regional access for our residents and our business,” stated Frank Gray, president and CEO of the Castle Rock Economic Development Council. “We look forward to working with our partners on the coalition to improve this vital regional infrastructure for the benefit of all our communities.”
For more information about the I-25 Gap Coalition, visit www.douglas.co.us/road-work/25-gap-coalition.