State Highway 7 Reduced to One Lane Next Week

January 6, 2012 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Two-lane highway reduced between Westview Drive and Valtec Lane.

Starting Monday, January 9 until Friday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, State Highway (SH) 7, also known as Arapahoe Road, will be intermittently be reduced to one lane of alternating traffic between Westview Drive and Valtec Lane. Crews will be removing earth and a concrete box culvert to make way for the new roadway.

During the lane closure, flaggers will be present to direct motorists through the work zone, and speeds will be reduced to 25 MPH. Motorists can expect up to 10 minute delays, and are urged to Slow for the Cone Zone.

The SH 7 project will not only reconstruct the existing highway, but will also improve the safety and operation of SH 7, add new features for pedestrians and bicyclists, and replace a railroad bridge near 75th Street.

During the next several weeks, motorists will see crews working and setting up equipment on the highway shoulders as part of preliminary bridge work for the railroad bridge on 75th Street. Irrigation work will also be one of the first orders at hand so new fixtures can be in place by spring before the snow melts.

The SH 7 project will feature two distinct sections: Cherryvale Road to Westview Drive, and Westview Drive to 75th Street. For the Cherryvale Road to Westview Drive section, SH 7 will be widened from two to four lanes with either a raised median or a center left-turn lane. From Westview Drive to 75th Street, the project will widen the road to add a center left turn lane and 10-foot shoulders. The railroad bridge near 75th Street will be replaced with wider structures to accommodate the roadway beneath.

New pedestrian facilities to be added will include a multi-use path for the entire project length and a sidewalk from Cherryvale Road to Westview Drive. On-street bike lanes and improved bus stops will also be incorporated.

Concrete Express has been awarded the contract for this $18 million dollar project that is anticipated to finish in mid-2014. Additionally, Xcel, CenturyLink, and the City of Boulder will work in coordination with CDOT for this project.

To receive e-mail updates throughout the project, including information on lane closures, visit and click on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner of the page. You can then sign up for the “SH 7 Cherryvale” list under projects. For more information about the project, visit Questions about the project can be directed to the public information line at 303-459-7728, or directed to [email protected].