Lane Reduction in Southbound Colorado Blvd. During Peak Travel This Evening

December 1, 2010 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 6 - Emergency repair of cut fiber optic line requires southbound lane closure.

PROJECT UPDATE - Denver Metro, Colorado Blvd. – During work this afternoon to upgrade curb ramps at Colorado Blvd. and Montview Blvd., crews cut a shallow-buried fiber optic line at the intersection. While fiber optic repairs are underway, a single-lane closure in southbound Colorado Blvd. is necessary. Crews expect to have the lane back open by 7 PM this evening. Two southbound lanes and three northbound lanes remain open.

PROJECT DETAILS - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is continuing the traffic signal updates and the intersection improvements at 17th Avenue, Colfax Avenue and Montview Boulevard until the end of December 2010 as part of a resurfacing project (paving operations had been suspended for the winter in early November).

To date, crews have completed the median reconstruction and have paved two lanes of northbound and southbound Colorado Boulevard between Alameda Avenue and Colfax Avenue.  When paving operations resume, crews will pave one lane of northbound and southbound Colorado Boulevard between Alameda Avenue and Colfax Avenue and all three lanes of northbound and southbound Colorado Boulevard between Colfax Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

In the meantime, traffic signal upgrades and intersection improvements will continue at three intersections and crews will finish placing Colorado Boulevard in its final alignment now that the median reconstruction is complete.  For the next two months, motorists can expect various single lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Occasional night work may be necessary which would require various double lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Delays are expected and alternate routes are strongly advised.  CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone

Following the complete winter shutdown at the end of December 2010, work is expected to resume in April or May 2011, depending on weather.  It is anticipated that the remainder of the work will take one to two months to complete with most of the work taking place during the overnight hours.  Colorado Boulevard will remain in its normal configuration during the winter with no lane closures required between January 2011 and April/May 2011.

In all, the project will rotomill and pave 3.5 miles of Colorado Boulevard in asphalt; reconstruct the median and curb ramps; upgrade three traffic signals at 17th Avenue, Colfax Avenue and Montview Boulevard and improve turn lanes at those intersections.

LaFarge West, Inc. is the contractor of this $3.8 million project, which should be complete by the end of October 2010.

For more information about the project, visit  To receive e-mail updates about the project, visit and click on the icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link will take you to a list of items you can subscribe to including the Colorado Boulevard project listed under “Projects.”