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Cable Rail Project Underway on Highway 285

November 28, 2012 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - Project designed to prevent errant crossings.

JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is installing cable rail in the median of U.S. 285 at various locations between the Morrison area and Aspen Park.

Lane closures should be anticipated Monday through Friday during the following hours:

  • Southbound – 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Northbound – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The work hours are scheduled to minimize disruptions for commuters heading to or from the Denver area.

“Placing the cable rail in the median will protect errant vehicles from driving across it and possibly hitting another vehicle heading the opposite direction,” said CDOT Traffic EngineerClark Roberts.  “The cable system works like a barrier by capturing or redirecting the errant vehicle.  Because it’s flexible, the cable minimizes the amount of force placed on a vehicle and its occupants while absorbing most of the momentum from a crash.”

Federal Hazard Elimination Funds provided the funding for the $1.1 million project.

The contractor, Cruz Construction Inc., of Colorado Springs, CO. is scheduled to complete the project by the end of December 2012, weather permitting.

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