El Paso County is encouraging drivers to heed a warning from CDOT’s new safety campaign to “Mind the Gap.”
The initiative is an effort remind drivers to use added caution when traveling through “The Gap,” an 18-mile stretch of I-25 from Monument to Castle Rock.
The I-25 Gap segment is known for traffic jams and crashes. There were 5,537 crashes between C-470 and Colorado Springs from 2011 to 2015. Rear end and sideswipe collisions are the most common. An estimated 87,000 vehicles travel this section of roadway on a typical weekend day.
“These numbers are staggering,” said El Paso County Commissioner Mark Waller, who serves on the I-25 Gap Coalition which is focused on accelerating transportation improvements along that segment of the I-25 corridor. “This is truly a public safety issue. I applaud CDOT for treating that symptom with the Mind the Gap campaign. But we need to get at the underlying issue which is expanding I-25. That will truly help make the I-25 Gap safer for the citizens of El Paso County and the Front Range.”
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners has scheduled a second session Tuesday, September 5 to consider ballot question for the November election. The question will ask voters to allow the County to retain approximately $14.5 million in excess 2016 revenue and designate that $12 million of that would go to I-25 Gap improvements and other critical roadway infrastructure projects.
CDOT Communications Manager Tamara Rollison says the I-25 Gap has not been improved since the 1950s. CDOT has launched a special Mind the Gap web page with tips for safer travel.
Mind your space—Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
Mind your blind spots—Make sure you are clear before switching lanes to prevent sideswipes.
Mind your speed—Drive the posted speed limit.
Mind the unexpected—Speeds, construction, weather and wildlife can change conditions quickly.
Mind the latest information—Plan ahead and know before you go; visit cotrip.org, or call 511 for the latest road conditions.
CDOT will be ready for construction in the I-25 Gap by summer 2019 if funding is available. A planning and environmental linkages (PEL) study is underway to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this critical stretch of highway, connecting the state's two largest cities.