CDOT hopes to start I-25 widening project in just two years

Colorado officials hope to start widening a congested stretch of Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock in 2019.

Traffic on Park. Nov. 17, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials hope to start widening a congested stretch of Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock in 2019.

The Colorado Department of Transportation said Friday that the five-year project can begin in two years — if the state can find up to $400 million for construction.

CDOT says it has devoted $15 million in cost savings from a C-470 Express Lanes project to speed up planning for the I-25 project.

The 17-mile stretch of highway has two lanes in each direction. Officials plan to add at least one lane both ways.