This is the content of a media advisory released Friday by CDOT. My perspective: Do NOT toll the Third Lane. Within the planned footprint, with the existing state owned land and easements, I am convinced with an innovative approach it is possible to build four lanes in each direction that would serve southern Colorado for decades. Let your voice be heard on this important issue. -paul
Here's the CDOT release:
January 19, 2018
Contacts: Tamara Rollison, Region 1 Communications Manager
CDOT to hold a series of public outreach meetings for I-25 South Gap project in El Paso County
Eight listening sessions and two telephone town halls to be held through February
DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will hold a series of outreach meetings through late February to give the public plenty of options to learn the latest information, ask questions and provide comments on plans to improve 18 miles of I-25 from Castle Rock to Monument.
“CDOT is coming to a neighborhood near you to inform and listen,” said CDOT Executive Director Michael Lewis. “The I-25 South Gap is in dire need of improvements and CDOT is on an accelerated schedule to fix the Gap. Providing a variety of public outreach opportunities is essential for the convenience of motorists and residents who want to learn more and ask questions.”
CDOT will be holding a series of informal “listening sessions” at public libraries and other local venues close to the I-25 corridor, followed by telephone town halls later in February. The same presentation will be given at each of the sessions.
Penrose House - Proby Room
12:30 - 2 PM
Meadows Park Community Center
5:30 - 7:00 PM
4:45 - 6:15 PM
Cheyenne Mountain Library
5:30 – 7:00 PM
6:45 – 8:15 PM
Natural Grocers North Academy
5:30 -7:00 PM
Natural Grocers Monument
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Natural Grocers South Nevada
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Telephone Town Halls
El Paso County*
*More information on the phone number and other meeting details for the Telephone Town Halls to be released later.
More listening sessions will be scheduled for Douglas County to be held in early March. Formal public hearings will be held in the spring and they will be held in Douglas County and El Paso County.
The public can learn, ask questions or provide comments at the following:
Project Website: https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-25-south-monument-castle-rock-ea
Project e-mail: email@example.com
Project hotline: 719 297 5143
About the project:
CDOT is on an accelerated schedule to begin construction on improving 18 miles of I-25 between Castle Rock and Monument. The project would add a lane in each direction, widen shoulders, repave the surface and improve wildlife crossings. CDOT is considering making the additional lane an Express Lane, which would be built alongside the two General Purpose Lanes in each direction. Motorists would have the option of driving the General Purpose lanes for free or they could take the Express Lane for a more reliable trip in exchange for paying a variable toll. CDOT spent a year evaluating more than 100 alternatives to improve 32 miles of I-25 between Colorado Springs and Denver. From this process, it was determined an early action project was needed on the Gap to improve safety, mobility and travel reliability. CDOT will begin construction end of this year once environmental work is completed and should $350 million in funding be secured.