The 'Gap' project on I-25 south of Castle Rock won't significantly affect environment, report says

Federal review makes way for construction to start

Posted 7/2/18

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have signed a “Finding of No Significant Impact," affirming plans to fix the Gap south of Castle Rock will not …

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The 'Gap' project on I-25 south of Castle Rock won't significantly affect environment, report says

Federal review makes way for construction to start

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The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration have signed a “Finding of No Significant Impact," affirming plans to fix the Gap south of Castle Rock will not significantly affect the environment within the project site.

CDOT has worked on a Planning and Environmental Linkages study examining the 34-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between C-470 and Monument for more than a year, according to a news release issued by Douglas County.

The Gap spans approximately 18 miles within that area, beginning south of Castle Rock and ending with Monument. The roadway is notorious for creating a bottleneck, where the interstate shrinks to two lanes in each direction, and unpredictable travel times.

CDOT announced in April when it debuted its environmental assessment of the Gap it planned to widen that portion of I-25 by adding one toll lane in each direction. A roughly one-month public comment period followed. That feedback is also available in the FONSI on CDOT's website, codot.gov.

Improvements to the Gap are set to cost $350 million and also include replacing bridges, adding wildlife crossings and widening shoulders for emergency management situations.

“Signing the FONSI is significant,” CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis said in the release. “This is a necessary step before we can break ground on one of the most critical transportation projects in the state.”

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