I-25 and I-70 congestion-relief efforts in Colorado get a $90 million boost from federal grants
Money will help build additional lanes in The Gap on I-25, shoulder lane on westbound I-70
The Denver Post
Two major transportation projects on the Front Range got a vital shot of federal money this week, with officials in Washington, D.C., awarding $90 million in grants to help ease congestion on Interstate 25 north of Colorado Springs and fund improvements to Interstate 70 in Clear Creek County for mountain-bound travelers.
El Paso County will get $65 million in Infrastructure for Rebuilding America, or INFRA, grant money to help pay for the widening of an 18-mile segment of I-25 between Monument and Castle Rock with an additional express toll lane in each direction.
The overall cost of The Gap project is $350 million, most of which will come from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
Another $25 million in INFRA money was awarded to help fund construction of a 12-mile managed shoulder lane on westbound I-70 through Idaho Springs, a project that CDOT expects to cost a total of $80 million. There is already a shoulder lane in the same section on the eastbound side of the highway.
In terms of area, it’s the county’s smallest conservation deal ever. In terms of location, it’s one of the county’s rarest acquisitions.