Crystal Valley Interchange

Join us for an open house

  1. Please join us for an open house for the Crystal Valley Interchange Project from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Fire Station 152, 485 Crystal Valley Parkway.

    Share your feedback on the interchange, proposed trails, sidewalks and potential Park-n-Ride. This feedback will be used by the team during the preliminary design. Staff from the Town’s Public Works Department, Douglas County and the Colorado Department of Transportation will be in attendance.

Construction of a new interchange at Interstate 25 and Crystal Valley Parkway is a top transportation priority for the Town. The project will improve safety and mobility in the surrounding community and provide a key regional transportation link from I-25 to southern Castle Rock and Douglas County.

The interchange includes construction of a bridge over I-25, north and southbound on- and off-ramps, a bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks, relocation of a segment of the east Frontage Road and a connection to the relocated west Frontage Road from Tomah to the new interchange as a separate project by the Town and Douglas County. 

What is happening now?

Learn more about the interchange project at an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at Castle Rock Fire Station 152, 485 Crystal Valley Parkway. Staff from Public Works, Douglas County and the Colorado Department of Transportation will be available to provide more information on the project background and to hear your input on the proposed trails, sidewalks and potential Park-n-Ride. This feedback will be used by the team during the preliminary design.

Proposed interchange structure

The Preferred Alternative of the Crystal Valley / I-25 Interchange Environmental Assessment includes a diamond interchange with Crystal Valley Parkway crossing over I-25 on the east, and Territorial Road on the west. Crystal Valley Parkway will be constructed with two lanes in each direction between the relocated east-and west-side frontage roads. 

Crystal Valley Parkway will cross over I-25 with a grade separation. The Parkway will be constructed to accommodate the current configuration of I-25 in each direction. The new interchange will also be wide enough to accommodate a proposed additional track by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

The proposed new interchange requires the I-25 northbound on- and off-ramps to be located between northbound I-25 and East Plum Creek. This requires relocating a portion of the existing I-25 East Frontage Road, about one-half mile north and south of Crystal Valley Parkway. Additionally, the proposed I-25 southbound on- and off-ramps will be located between the BNSF Railroad and the southbound I-25 lanes. This requires relocating a portion of the existing I-25 West Frontage Road between Yucca Hills Road to the north and Tomah Road on the south. Roadway approaches to the bridge over Plum Creek will be modified, the bridge will not be impacted by this construction.

Refinement to the preferred alternative will be focused on optimizing traffic operations and maximizing construction efficiency. Possible considerations include roundabouts and phasing of the construction to minimize traffic disruptions. Another project element that will be considered is multimodal additions such as sidewalks, recreation trails, bike lanes and a carpool lot.

At this time, the entire project costs range from $75 to $80 million. The Town received a $5.4 million BUILD grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and is committed to setting aside $20 million in resources for the project. Other funding sources are being determined from both public and private sectors. Refinements to the costs will be a result of the preliminary design and the addition of a contractor to the team.

The Preferred Alternative from the 2004 Crystal Valley /I-25 Interchange Environmental Assessment.

Purpose and need for the project

This project will improve access and safety from the south end of Castle Rock south to the Tomah Interchange. The purpose of the interchange includes:

  • Enhancing the local ancillary roadway network
  • Eliminating one railroad crossing, thereby improving safety of access

Crystal Valley Interchange project schedule

Provide feedback and receive project updates

Please take a few minutes to provide your comments on the Crystal Valley Interchange. Thank you!