El Paso County hosting public meeting Saturday on I-25 gap project

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A public meeting will be held Saturday morning to get input on the expansion of Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock.

The meeting will start at 10 a.m. at Lewis-Palmer High School.

The following is a news release from El Paso County:

El Paso County will host a public meeting at Lewis-Palmer High School on Saturday, Feb. 24 to give citizens, particularly those in the Tri-Lakes area, a convenient time and location to learn more about the ongoing planning process for the expansion of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock.  The meeting will take place in the “Commons” area at Lewis-Palmer High School starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

Board of County Commissioners President Darryl Glenn requested a meeting time and location that would be more convenient for residents who use the I-25 corridor in their daily commutes for work in the Denver area.  “We have all received calls and emails from residents who want to come to a meeting to learn more about the project and in particular to share their objections to possible future management of the newly added lanes through the use of tolls and some of these citizens have told us that they are literally stuck in traffic through the gap area every evening and have been unable to attend the CDOT evening meetings,” said Commissioner Glenn.  “There is probably no time and place that works for everybody but scheduling this on a Saturday morning at the high school should at least make it easier for the weekday commuters.” 

The 18-mile section of I-25 with only two lanes in each direction between Monument and Castle Rock has been identified as Colorado’s highest priority transportation need.  “First and foremost, this is a public safety issue,” says Commissioner Mark Waller, who has worked with other elected officials along the I-25 corridor to help secure funding needed to accelerate the project.  “This expansion has to get done. This stretch of highway is configured today just as it was when it was built in the 1960’s.  With either three or four lanes in each direction at both ends, this 18-mile bottleneck gap is downright dangerous. So we all have to make sure that we keep working together to get this done.”

Commissioners will be joined by CDOT representatives at the Feb. 24 meeting where citizens will be given an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about the project.

For those who can’t attend this Saturday’s meeting, the County will be scheduling another similar public meeting at Centennial Hall in downtown Colorado Springs in March to accommodate residents who live further south but frequently travel the I-25 corridor. 

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