In partnership with Douglas County and the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Town's largest ever roadway project is ready for drivers.
Here are some things to know about driving this new 2-mile road:
The speed limit is 35 mph. Please drive safely and pay extra attention.
It may take some time for traffic to level out as we all find our new road routine. Traffic could be extra heavy on Castle Rock Parkway as motorists try using the new road. Meadows Parkway is still a good route to U.S. Highway 85 an I-25!
At U.S. 85, there is a full interchange, so drivers can access both directions of the highway and Castle Rock Parkway. It’s controlled by one signal span, so drive carefully and follow the signs and striping.
At I-25, a roundabout gives drivers access to all direction. Remember to yield to traffic already in the circle.
Why this project?
The North Meadows Extension will be a new road connecting The Meadows to U.S. Highway 85 and Interstate 25. The project truly began more than a decade ago as the Town secured funding, went through an environmental process and designed the road. Construction began in 2013, near Castle View High School.
As Castle Rock continues to grow, the new roadway is needed to assist with improving operations at the existing Meadows / Founders Parkway interchange with I-25 and at the intersection of U.S. 85 and Meadows Parkway. It will also provide a second northern access for The Meadows.
Town Council has designated this project the No. 1 transportation project priority for the Town. Town Council also chose a name for the new road. Between I-25 and U.S. 85, it will be Castle Rock Parkway. The rest of the road is an extension of North Meadows Drive.
The original proposal was to build a road from The Meadows to U.S. 85 only. The project was expanded to include a connection to and new interchange with Interstate 25, because Douglas County and the CDOT were concerned about regional transportation issues.
The U.S. 85 interchange will be at Castlegate Drive, near the Outlets at Castle Rock and The Pines Apartments. Original plans included only the north ramps - a southbound off-ramp and a northbound on-ramp. However, to provide the most flexibility and access, the Town has secured funding to add the south ramps as well.
The Town knows more growth is on the way, so in February 2016, Town Council and the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners agreed to expand the portion between I-25 and U.S. 85 to four lanes.