The Colorado Department of Transportation will close the two Larkspur rest areas along northbound and southbound Interstate 25 on May 11 because they are too expensive and too time consuming to maintain.
The southbound area has been closed since November 2008 and requires $300,000 in repairs to meet health department standards, and officials said maintenance of both rest areas averages $650,000 a year.
“It wasn’t an easy decision,” CDOT Regional Transportation Director Tony DeVito said. “Both areas have been used for many years by travelers and commercial drivers alike, but the facilities are outdated and require continual maintenance. The costs to keep both areas open are becoming prohibitive.”
He also said that when the rest areas were built, the towns of Castle Rock and Monument were much smaller and traveler services were minimal.
CDOT will begin converting the rest areas to truck chain stations this summer. The buildings will be demolished and closure gates installed. They will provide a safe place for truckers to install or remove chains when the chain law is in effect for travel over Monument Hill. The stations and their restrooms will only be open when the law is in effect.
The southbound rest area was opened in 1968, and the northbound rest area in 1974.