CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- After more than a decade of planning and several years of construction, Castle Rock residents have a new way of getting on and off of Interstate 25.
The Castle Rock Parkway interchange is officially open.
"I have been waiting for this exit to open -- it is awesome," resident Jamie Nicole said. "I've noticed it cuts 17 minutes off my time commuting to and from work everyday."
The project cost more than $80 million to complete. It has been in the planning stages for more than a decade and under construction the past three years.
"We have several projects in the works that we are working on. We are continually trying to stay on top of the growth," Douglas County Public Works Director Bob Goebel said.
It is the largest such project in the county's history.
Construction signs and cones still surround much of the area near the interchange as development continues.
Drivers are asked to be extra cautious as they drive through the area as drivers become acquainted with the traffic pattern.