CDOT Recaps Northeast Colorado Construction Projects

October 12, 2012 - CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS UPDATE - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - NORTHEAST COLORADO — In the coming weeks, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be wrapping up the 2012 summer construction season in the northeast section of the state.

Altogether, more than 150 miles of highway have been under construction, with costs totaling more than $110 million, in Boulder, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld, and Yuma counties.

“It has been a busy summer in our region of the state, and we have had several high-visibility projects underway in heavily trafficked areas,” said CDOT Regional Director Johnny Olson. “We are thankful to the public and our crews for working together so well to move these projects forward with incredible smoothness and efficiency. However, with winter quickly approaching, it’s time for us to start focusing our efforts on snow removal and winter safety.”

Since some construction projects will continue while weather allows, CDOT reminds motorists to please obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zonethroughout work zones. A brief recap of major construction projects in northeast Colorado are listed below. For a comprehensive list of statewide construction projects, please Please note that Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery (FASTER) and Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE) projects are dedicated to improving safety and replacing poor bridges.

Here is a list of existing construction projects that are currently underway:

  • I-25/State Highway (SH) 392 Interchange (near Windsor and Fort Collins): CDOT is working in coordination with the town of Windsor and city of Fort Collins on a $17.5 million project that will replace the SH 392 bridge over I-25 with one that is wider to accommodate two lanes in each direction as well as a left-turn lane in each direction.  New six-foot bike lane and a 6.5-foot sidewalk will be added to each side of the bridge, the frontage road on the west side of the interchange will be realigned, and the ramps will be designed to accommodate more traffic. An expanded 90-space carpool/vanpool lot will be constructed in the southwest corner of the interchange. This project is scheduled for completion in spring 2013. Project website:
  • State Highway 7/Cherryvale Project in Boulder: Project will improve the safety and operation of SH 7 from Cherryvale Road to 75th Street (roughly two miles),  will add new features for pedestrians, and will widen structures for the railroad bridge near 75th Street. The $18 million project began in January 2012 and is expected to be complete in summer 2014. Project website:
  • State Highway 14/Cameron Pass Slide Repairs: Project began August 2011 and scheduled for completion by December 2012, and will stabilize the slope next to the roadway after it began to slip. Work includes earthwork, erosion and drainage control, installation of fill (foam blocks), and asphalt paving with a budget of $2.5 million. Project website:
  • US 85 bypass in Greeley: The project will reconstruct the US 85 bypass from US 34 to 5th Street. Existing pavement will be removed and replaced, current median and asphalt shoulder will be replaced with concrete, turn lanes will all be extended and widened to current standards, traffic signals will be replaced at 5th and 16th streets, bridge decks will be replaced at the twin bridges at the Poudre River, and railroad tracks will be removed at 16th Street allowing for upgrades to the intersection. The $12.4 million project started in June 2012 and scheduled for completion in summer 2013. Project
  • SH 392 Resurfacing Near Windsor: Resurfacing taking place on SH 392 just east of I-25 to east of 3rd Street in Windsor (roughly 11 miles), and bumps up next to the adjacent to current I-25/SH 392 interchange improvement project. Work was originally scheduled from May 2012 through October 2012 on this $5.5 million project, which was expanded into the town of Windsor at the town’s request.
  • I-25 Frontage Road over the Little Thompson River: Bridge reconstruction to replace the existing steel structure with a longer and slightly higher concrete structure to accommodate the flood flow of the Little Thompson River. The existing structure was constructed in 1938 and had reached a bridge rating of “poor” and was deemed structurally deficient. Project is located on the I-25 frontage road between MM 245 and MM 250, which is between Mead and Johnstown. The $1.3 million project is funded through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, began September 2012, and is expected to finish by June 2013. Project website:
  • US 34 Resurfacing in Greeley: Resurfacing project from the US 85 bypass to US 34 Business route, MM 113 to MM 115, is expected to last from August 2012 to January 2013 and has a $5.5 million budget. Project website:
  • US 85 Cable Rail and Intersection Safety Improvements Project: Safety improvements project from SH 52 to SH 66 with cable rail and guardrail installation and intersection improvements. In Fort Lupton, at the intersection of US 85 and County Road (CR) 16, the intersection will be reconfigured. Started in June 2012 and has a $3 million budget funded through FASTER.
  • SH 119 Jay/Niwot Intersection Reconstructions in Boulder County: Complete intersection reconstructions with associated signal, drainage, and irrigation improvements. Project began in September 2012 and is expected to finish in March 2013. The budget is $5.5 million.
  • SH 157 (Foothills Parkway) Bridge Deck Replacement over US 36 in Boulder: Bridge deck replacement will also encompass associated roadway tie-in work on each end of the bridge. Project began in September 2012 and is expected to finish in early 2013. It has a $1.9 million budget. Project website:
  • US 34 Wray Bridge Replacement: $3 million project will replace a timber bridge structure over the north fork of the Republican River between Wray and Laird between MM 254 and MM 255. It began in July 2012 and will be complete in December 2012. Project Website:

Here is a list of construction projects that have been completed:

  • US 6 Sterling Overpass Sidewalks Repair: Project replaced the sidewalk on the south side of the Sterling viaduct at MM 404 and added pedestrian railings when the existing ones gave out. The $673,000 project was funded through FASTER, began in April 2012, and finished in August 2012.
  • US 34/Mall Road Intersection in Estes Park: The safety improvements project added left hand turn lane from westbound US 34 to Mall Road, an acceleration lane from Mall Road to westbound US 34, replaced existing culverts, re-lined an existing culvert, and added erosion control measures. Funded for $464,000 through FASTER, the project finished in June 2012.
  • US 85 Cable Rail between Brighton and Fort Lupton: From MM 236 to MM 241, cable rail was installed in the highway median to help prevent crossover accidents. Additionally, guardrails were installed throughout the project. This $1.9 million project funded through FASTER finished in June 2012.
  • I-76 Brush to Atwood Resurfacing: This project resurfaced the westbound lanes of I-76 and added guardrails and bridge rails between mile marker (MM) 95 and MM 111. Its budget was $6.2 million from FASTER and completed in July 2012.
  • US 85 Resurfacing between Brighton and Fort Lupton: Resurfacing project added rumble strips and restriped the roadway in the southbound lanes only from MM 236 to MM 241 from Brighton to Fort Lupton. Lasted from June 2012 to August 2012 and had a $3.3 million budget.

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