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Interstae 25
Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post
A stretch of Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock near Tomah Road on Dec. 28, 2016 in Castle Rock.

Construction to widen the Interstate 25 bottleneck from Monument to Castle Rock could begin next year – more than six months earlier than had been anticipated, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation.

If all the funding for the project comes through – including a highly-competitive $65 million federal grant for which it is in the running – crews could break ground in late 2018 and finish in Spring 2021, CDOT spokesman Bob Wilson said in an email Friday.

Under the current proposal, two toll lanes would be added to the roughly 17-mile stretch known as the Gap, expanding the highway from two to three lanes in each direction. The additional toll lanes would be similar to the express lanes on U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder.

Transportation officials previously said that crews could begin construction in mid-2019.

“It’s one of the highest priority projects for the state so CDOT is doing all it can to break ground on it as soon as it’s feasibly possible,” Wilson said in a follow-up email.

Read the full story at Gazette.com.

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