Paving Operations on US 36 to Close HOV/Tolled Express Lanes This Weekend

May 18, 2012 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - DENVER – Despite the chance of rain this weekend, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will pave the US 36 HOV lanes between I-25 and Pecos Street as part of a current resurfacing project.

As a result, the HOV lane on eastbound and westbound US 36 as well as the I-25 HOV/tolled Express Lanes between downtown Denver and US 36 will be closed from approximately 8 p.m. tonight, May 18th, until 5 a.m. on Monday, May 21st.  In addition, one lane of eastbound and westbound US 36 will be closed from midnight tonight until 6 a.m. on Saturday.

“We will rotomill the HOV lane in each direction and then pave in asphalt all in one weekend to reduce the overall impacts to traffic in the HOV lanes,” said CDOT Project Engineer Bryan Kalliokoski. “The main travel lanes on eastbound and westbound US 36 will not be impacted for most of the weekend, but highway workers will be next to live traffic, which means it is essential that motorists obey the construction signs and slow down through the work zone.”

Delays are expected throughout the weekend 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.”  Fines for most infractions that occur in the work zone will be doubled.

This weekend’s work is part of a project that resurfaces US 36 between I-25 and Pecos Street and on Broadway (State Highway 224) under US 36. This section of US 36 was last reconstructed in 2001 and has since been patched and repaired by CDOT maintenance crews numerous times as it is in poor condition.

Brannan Sand and Gravel Company, LLC of Denver, CO is the contractor for this $1.6 million, which is scheduled to be complete by the end of June 2012.