Upcoming Detours on State Highway 7/Arapahoe Road Reconstruction Project

May 29, 2012 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Detours will be in place beginning tomorrow

BOULDER COUNTY — Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30 at 9 a.m., the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will have two detours in place as part of the State Highway (SH) 7/Arapahoe Road highway reconstruction project.

The first detour for the project will be at the intersection of SH 7/Arapahoe Road and Cherryvale Road, where traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction for motorists. Signals at the intersection will remain in operation. A pedestrian and cyclist detour will be in place through September 2012. Eastbound pedestrians and cyclists will be routed via the bicycle trail under SH 7 to the north side of the street, east on SH 7, and then back to the south side of SH 7 past Cherryvale. Westbound travelers will use the same route in the opposite order. If the bicycle trail under SH 7 floods, pedestrians and cyclists will be re-routed south on Old Tale Road, east on McSorly Lane, and then north on Cherryvale Road to SH 7/Arapahoe Road.

For the second detour, access to Westview Drive will be closed between SH 7/Arapahoe Road and the entrance to the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Boulder, which is located at 6710 Arapahoe Road. This closure will last two weeks. A detour will be in place for motorists to access Westview Drive from the south via Baseline Road. Westbound traffic on SH 7 heading toward Westview may follow the detour route heading south on 75th, west on Baseline Road, and then north to Westview Drive. Eastbound traffic on SH 7 heading toward Westview will be detoured south on 55th Street, east on Baseline Road, and then north to Westview Drive. The Seventh Day Baptist Church of Boulder will receive a new temporary access driveway just south of the closure on Westview Drive.

The SH 7 project features 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 www.coloradodot.info 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 www.coloradodot.info/projects/sh7cherryvale. Questions about the project can be directed to the public information line at 303-459-7728, or directed to [email protected].