CDOT Changes Stop Signs in Fort Lupton at Denver Avenue and 14th Street

August 13, 2012 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Motorists advised to drive with caution in the area as drivers become accustomed to the change.

WELD COUNTY — As part of a current safety improvements project in Fort Lupton at the intersection of US 85 and Weld County Road (WCR) 16, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has changed the directional stop signs at Denver Avenue and WCR 14 ½ (also known as 14th Street) on the north side of town.

The stop signs, which formerly required stops in the eastbound and westbound directions, have been changed to require stops for the northbound and southbound directions in order to help prevent traffic from backing up on US 85. Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area surrounding the sign change, as other drivers may not yet be aware of the change or may be in the habit of stopping/not stopping where the old signs were.

In order to create safer turns to and from US 85 in Fort Lupton, CDOT is reconfiguring the intersection of US 85 and WCR 16, access to which is available today, and will install cable rail and guardrail to reduce instances of vehicles having accidents that involve median crossovers. A public meeting was held in April to prepare residents and businesses of the upcoming project since WCR will be closed during construction. The project is expected to last until the summer of 2013.

Scott Construction is the contractor for this $3 million project, which was funded by Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) fees, which are dedicated to improving safety and replacing poor bridges.

Motorists should plan for minor delays in the area heading both directions on US 85 and are urged to build extra travel time. As previously mentioned, WCR 16 will be completely closed during construction, and access to local businesses will require alternative routes. Work will take place on the project Mondays through Fridays from roughly 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Work will be done with inside/median lane closures in both directions. Some turning restriction may apply. Motorists are reminded to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone throughout the work zone.

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