Gap project almost complete – start of tolls on the road

DOUGLAS COUNTY – “We have completed all major tasks for the I-25 South Gap project,” said Tamara Rollison of the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Four years of work to improve the safety and smoothness of traffic on I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock, Colo., is scheduled to be completed by the promised deadline of November 2022.

The teams are currently finalizing the final details of the project.

Most construction barriers guiding lane changes were removed a year ago and traffic is benefiting from the new improved lane alignment.

Some of those miles of track required a final layer of paving. This happened over the past summer, mostly at night.

The crews also set up guardrails, drainage and technical infrastructure for the toll lanes.

Drivers have enjoyed free access to toll lanes for the past year.

The plan to start collecting tolls when construction is complete has been changed.

“The toll equipment has been installed. We still need an additional testing period to make sure everything works as expected,” Rollison said.

That means tolls probably won’t start until next spring.

Traffic flow was monitored throughout the year.

Design and engineering are working as expected.

There is a problem caused by the drivers.

“Yes there have definitely been issues with people riding the lanes, all the lanes in The Gap are too fast and it certainly presents safety issues.”

It’s all the lanes, but in the express lane the speeds are excessive.

This means more education and application even after the work is done.

There will also be plenty of notice before the toll starts.

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