Tuesday, June 5, 2018

El Paso County lands federal grant for I-25 Gap toll lanes

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 11:40 AM

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U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announced in a statement that El Paso County has landed a $65 million federal Department of Transportation grant to help fund widening of Interstate 25 from Monument to Castle Rock, commonly called The Gap.

The grant stipulates that the additional lane in each direction, north and south, will be a toll lane, an idea that's drawn scorn from taxpayers.

Lamborn's statement:
It's undeniable that our district needed this grant in order to improve the I-25 gap. The USDOT's announcement is a huge win for our entire region. As I've worked with the Trump Administration over the last several months, my number one priority has been to secure this extremely important opportunity. I will continue working with this Administration to secure federal funding for Colorado's Fifth Congressional District.
Other funding will come from the county and the state Department of Transportation, which hasn't backed down from the toll idea, despite heavy criticism from citizens and El Paso County commissioners, who applied for the federal grant, despite it requiring a toll lane.

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