Safety Improvement Project Underway on US 285 and I-270

March 15, 2011 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 6 - DENVER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has started a safety improvement project in two locations in the Denver metro area that will install median cable rail.

The median cable rail will be installed along four miles of US 285 between approximately C-470 and Kipling Parkway and along four miles of I-270 from I-76 to just east of Vasquez Boulevard.

“Crossover accidents tend to be more severe than most accidents and we have definitely noticed a pattern of this type of accident along segments of US 285 and I-270,” said CDOT Project Engineer Paul Neiman.  “With the help of FASTER funds, we were able to accelerate this project, which will help prevent crossover accidents and improve safety.”

Crews are currently working on US 285 and will remain at this location until the end of May 2011, weather permitting.  During this time, motorists can expect various single lane closures on US 285 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Motorists traveling this corridor should also be aware of the ongoing safety and mobility improvement project on US 285 between Federal Boulevard and Kipling Parkway.

Once the work on US 285 is complete, crews will move to I-270.  At this location, motorists can expect various single lane closures from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Delays are possible throughout the project and motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.  For weekly lane closure information, visit  CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

Cruz Construction, Inc. is the contractor for this $2.1 million project scheduled to be complete by the end of June 2011.  The project is being funded by Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER), which is dedicated to improving safety and replacing poor bridges.