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I-25 Gap project breaks ground, bringing cone zones to a commute near you 

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After years of planning by state and local officials (and mounting road rage from Colorado drivers) officials finally broke ground Aug. 30 on the Interstate 25 expansion project.

The main objective is to widen the notorious 18-mile stretch between Monument and Castle Rock by one lane in each direction. Both lanes will be toll lanes.

Drivers could see new traffic patterns along the stretch of highway between Plum Creek Parkway and Sky View Lane as soon as Sept. 7, according to a statement from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Construction zones will include narrower lanes and shoulders, speed limit restrictions to 65 miles per hour on the interstate and 45 miles per hour on the frontage roads, and single lane closures between 8:30 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Both lanes will stay open during daytime hours.

CDOT says construction on the two Express Lanes will be finished in 2022. Tolls haven't been set, but a study recommended they be 15 cents per mile, or around $2.25 for a one-way trip (and free for carpoolers with three or more people).

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