CDOT Making Safety Improvements for Bicyclists on U.S. 36 North of Boulder

November 16, 2012 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has begun safety improvements work on US 36 north of Boulder from Broadway to Jay Road.

The impacted intersections include US 36 and Lee Hill Road, Yarmouth Avenue, and Violet Avenue. Work on the project is scheduled for completion by next Wednesday, November 21.

Improvements to the highway will include new and improved striping to better mark bicycle lanes through the intersections. Bicyclists will still be required to ride on the shoulder. Additional signage will be installed to warn motorists of cyclists on the roadway, and to alert motorists and cyclists alike that right hand turn lanes can be used as through lanes for cyclists. By using the right hand turn lanes, cyclists will have more buffer room between them and vehicles. However, the adjustment will require more attention on the part of right-turning vehicles, as bicyclists may be riding straight through intersections while the vehicles are preparing to turn. Cyclists will have the right of way in these cases and motorists will be required to yield until the cyclists have safely passed through the intersections.

These safety improvements have been prompted after two cyclist fatalities occurred in the area in the last five years.

Work will take place next Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be occasional lane closures and the speed limit will be reduced to 40 MPH through the work zone. CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to driveSlow for the Cone Zone.