You Are Invited to the I-25 Ground Breaking

Getting the project underway much sooner than CDOT had projected is a big win. We celebrate that win August 30th at the Ground Breaking Ceremony. And we continue to work to roll back the toll CDOT plans to place on the additional "Managed Lane."  Come on out to the ground breaking.

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Come on out Thursday August 30th, 9:00 aM

Just north of Monument at the I-25 and County Line Road (Douglas/El Paso) Interchange northeast quadrant, along the I-25 Frontage Road

16425 Andrews Road, Larkspur CO

• From I-25, take exit 163 to County Line Road

• Head east on County Line Road

• Turn left onto I-25 East Frontage Road, west of CDOT’s maintenance facility

• Follow directional signage to event parking area

Posted on August 20, 2018 .

It Starts in September: CDOT Selects Contractor to Build I-25 South Gap Project

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CDOT Selects Kraemer North America to Build I-25 South Gap Project

Construction Scheduled to Begin in September

CASTLE ROCK – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has selected Kraemer North America as the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) for the $350 million Interstate 25 South Gap project.

The I-25 South Gap project encompasses an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 25 from south of Castle Rock to Monument, called “The Gap,” and will improve safety, ease congestion and provide long-term travel reliability along the highly traveled corridor.

Following an extensive procurement process, Kraemer was selected to serve as the project’s construction manager and general contractor — working closely with CDOT on design, preconstruction and construction activities.

“Kraemer has a proven track record for not only providing the highest quality and safety, but also for delivering projects on time and on budget while minimizing impacts on the traveling public, which are values that align with our overall project goals,” said Mike Lewis, CDOT Executive Director. “Once complete, this project will bring enormous benefits to the Front Range and we’re excited to be working with a partner who shares our vision.”

The Gap is the only four-lane section of I-25 connecting Colorado’s two largest cities, Denver and Colorado Springs. Over the years, congestion, crashes and delays have increased due to population growth and more people using the road. Beginning next month, construction will begin to add an Express Lane in each direction, widen shoulders, repair or replace aging bridges, improve drainage, pavement and truck access, add new wildlife crossings, and modernize highway communication technology on this critical stretch of roadway.

Following more than a year of study, CDOT and local partners in El Paso and Douglas counties, along with the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and a federal Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, funded the $350 million project. Identified as a top statewide priority, the process to move the project from the Environmental Assessment phase into construction has been the fastest in CDOT’s history.

“As Colorado’s population continues to expand and demands on our transportation system grow, we have to find innovative solutions to keep traffic moving and keep people safe,” said David Spector, director of CDOT’s High Performance Transportation Enterprise. “Express Lanes will provide reliable, shorter times in this critical corridor connecting Denver and Colorado Springs, helping commuters, business and travelers spend less time in their car.”

Motorists will have the choice of driving the general purpose lanes for free or take the Express Lane for a more reliable trip in exchange for paying a toll.

Contract negotiations are being finalized and construction is expected to begin next month on the northern section of the project, with most of the corridor experiencing active construction by summer 2019. Substantial completion is planned for 2022.

Kraemer North America is a privately held general contractor with more than 100 years of highway and bridge construction experience headquartered in Plain, Wisconsin. Its Colorado regional office is located in Castle Rock. The company has successfully constructed numerous major infrastructure projects throughout Colorado including I-25 Cimarron and U.S. 6 design-build projects, I-25 and Arapahoe Interchange CMGC reconstruction project and Idaho Springs Westbound I-70 Twin Tunnels project, to name a few.

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Posted on August 7, 2018 .

The GAP Project Crosses another Key Milestone

CDOT Announces Next Steps for I-25 South Gap Project

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) signed the official Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on the I-25 South Gap Project late last month achieving another milestone for the I-25 South Gap Project. The project will significantly improve the 18 mile section of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock.   

"Signing the FONSI is significant,” said CDOT Executive DirectorMichael Lewis. “This is a necessary step before we can break ground on one of the most critical transportation projects in the state.  The improvements will transform an aging section of a heavily traveled highway to one with greater capacity, new bridges and wildlife crossings.  This will greatly improve safety, mobility and travel reliability.” 

A FONSI is issued when environmental analysis and interagency review during the Environmental Assessment process find a project to have no significant impactson the quality of the environment.

For more than a year, CDOT has undertaken a Planning and Environmental Linkages study to identify a long-term vision for the 34-mile stretch of I-25 from Monument to C-470. As a result of the initial findings from the study and public input, CDOT identified the Gap as the most urgent priority. CDOT and the FHWA launched an Environmental Assessment last fall that is an extensive process, involving public participation, to determine a Preferred Alternative that best meets the project’s Purpose and Need.  The Environmental Assessment was released in late May, followed by a month-long comment period. The comments are documented in the FONSI, which is the last step in the environmental approval process.

“Throughout the study phases and approval process for this project, we have engaged in one of the most significant public outreach efforts I have ever seen – listening sessions, community meetings, online feedback, and more,” continued Lewis. “We’re grateful to the many citizens who participated in the process, offered input, and provided constructive criticism.”

Response to the recent public comment period are included in the FONSI and can be found on the CDOT website.

Funding has been identified and construction is scheduled to begin later this summer.

Key features of the project:

 

  • Widen by one lane in each direction the 18 mile stretch of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock.  The new lane in each direction will operate as an Express Lane. Motorists will always have the choice of taking the two general purpose lanes for free or they will be able to take the Express Lane for a reliable trip in exchange for a variable toll.  The Express Lane will provide a level of long-term travel reliability that a new general purpose lane can’t.
  • Widen shoulders to allow room for enforcement zones, maintenance and detours around incidents.
  • Rehabilitate structures and pavements, including the replacement of four bridges.
  • Build four wildlife underpasses and expand the existing one at Plum Creek.
  • Improve lighting, signage, fencing and other features.
  • Construction cost:  $350 million

I-25 South climbing lane:

CDOT is likely to move forward with the construction of a one-mile long truck climbing lane or passing lane on I-25 Southbound to improve travel on the climb up Monument Hill.  This section of I-25 Southbound would have an Express Lane, two general purpose lanes and a truck climbing lane. This section of I-25 has the steepest elevation and a climbing lane would help to move freight more efficiently.

The truck climbing lane meets an engineering need and addresses one of the stakeholder concerns received during the Environmental Assessment process.

This work is not within the scope of the Environmental Assessment, and would require an environmental review.  CDOT anticipates the construction of the climbing lane would start in early 2019 and would be part of the overall improvements to the Gap.  Once construction is completed, the new climbing lane would likely be in place.

Visit the project website to learn more.

CDOT Selects Kraemer North America
to build South Gap

Increased safety, mobility and travel reliability are the future for drivers along Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock, with construction of the South Gap project expected to start this summer.

Recently, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) selected contractor Kraemer North America to construct the 18-mile expansion.  

Dedicated to quality, safety and excellence, Kraemer is a full-service heavy civil contractor in the areas of transportation, rail and marine. In its 100-year history, Kraemer has built some of the most complex projects in the country. But with regional offices in Castle Rock, this corridor is home. 

In Colorado, Kraemer has built many of CDOT’s high-profile projects including the Veterans Memorial tunnels (formerly Twin Tunnels) in Idaho Springs and the U.S. 6 design-build project. Kraemer has also built interchanges in Greenwood Village/Centennial (I-25 and Arapahoe), Castle Rock (Castle Rock Parkway/North Meadows Drive) and Colorado Springs (I-25 and Cimarron).  

Prior to breaking ground on this vital transportation corridor, Kraemer and the CDOT design team are conducting various pre-construction activities such as surveying, geotechnical testing and utility locating. Traffic impacts during these pre-construction activities will be minimal.

Construction is expected to start on the northern end of the project in the next couple of months, with most of the corridor experiencing active construction by spring 2019. Overall, the project is expected to be complete in 2022. 

 

 

Groundbreaking for I-25 South Gap…Stay Tuned

Later this month, CDOT will join local elected officials, community leaders, and the project team to break ground on the I-25 South Gap project and begin construction. Stay tuned for more details…

Posted on July 19, 2018 .

Local Food Pantry on CNN

In May, Dr. Sanjay Gupta came to Colorado Springs to film a segment for their "Champions for Change" feature airing this week on CNN. Care & Share and Tri-Lakes Cares were two of the agencies featured, working to combat hunger in our local region through the Feeding America network. Watch the story here.

         Monument Area             Tri-Lakes Cares

       Monument Area

        Tri-Lakes Cares

The week-long series of "Champions for Change" stories ends with an hour-long program hosted by Dr. Gupta on Saturday, June 23. Check your local listings for times.

And remember to support our local food pantry! 

Tri-Lakes Cares pantry needs are posted here. Make a donation here!

Posted on June 23, 2018 .

Lundeen and Becker receive ‘Legislator of the Year’ honors from community college groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     Contact: Joel Malecka

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (o) 303-866-5679  (c) 970-581-3302

DENVER—Today, The State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education (SBCCOE) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) honored five Colorado legislators, which included House Republicans Paul Lundeen (R-Monument) and Jon Becker (R-Fort Morgan), for their efforts to understand issues and advocate for Colorado’s community colleges.

"Community colleges are a remarkably important part of higher education in Colorado. Spread out across our beautiful state, they launch students into meaningful employment opportunities and important roles as citizens of Colorado. It has been my honor to sponsor and promote legislation to help strengthen our community colleges," said Lundeen.

 Rep Paul Lundeen, Dr. Nancy McCallin, SBCCOE President, Dr. Byron McCleeney, Board Chair

Rep Paul Lundeen, Dr. Nancy McCallin, SBCCOE President, Dr. Byron McCleeney, Board Chair

Representative Becker added:

"The work CCCS and its colleges do transforms lives. Morgan Community College gave me a path and pushed me to take on leadership roles while attending and helped me to transfer on to a four-year university. Now I have the opportunity to serve the community colleges as an adjunct professor."

According to SBCCOE and CCCS, the Legislator of the Year award is given annually to legislators who make an extra effort to understand and advocate for policy to help community colleges. In addition to Lundeen and Becker, Representative Janet Buckner (D-Aurora) and Senators Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) were given the award.

Specifically, House Bill 18-1005, sponsored by Becker, and House Bill 18-1086, sponsored by Lundeen, were priority bills for SBCCOE and CCCS. Both bills were signed into law earlier in the session.  

HB 18-1005 requires school districts to provide students with more information related to postsecondary and concurrent enrollment courses available at community colleges, and the potential cost savings and employment benefits associated with the programs.

HB 18-1086 removed the statutory exemption that precluded community colleges in Colorado from offering a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, greatly expanding the number of higher education institutions that can offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

Posted on June 14, 2018 .