Intersection Improvement Project on SH 119 at Jay/Niwot Roads Moving Ahead

December 20, 2012 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - As part of the double intersection reconstruction project on State Highway (SH) 119 and Jay/Niwot Roads, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) plans to continue to move forward on the project through the winter months.

“Our crews are currently working to lay new concrete through the intersections, and are also beginning intersection reconstruction work at both project locations,” said Project Manager Rick Wenzel. “We realize there are delays associated with the project, but due to the nature of the work, and regardless of the time of year the work is taking place, we have to keep one lane in each direction closed throughout the project. We thank the public for their patience, and strongly suggest they build in extra travel time or use alternate routes.”

As part of the project, crews will reconfigure the intersections of SH 119 and Jay/Niwot roads, including widening SH 119 to accommodate turn lanes in both the northbound and southbound directions of the highway, widening Jay Road and Niwot Road to accommodate turn lanes in both the eastbound and westbound directions of each, adding medians, improving traffic signals, adding and improving sidewalks, and making drainage/irrigation improvements. The work will help improve the efficiency of moving traffic through the intersection, as well as improve the safety of the intersections.

Work on the project will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday each week. There will be some detours and lane shifts required throughout the project, which will be determined at a later date, as well as some occasional night work. The speed limit will be reduced to 40 MPH through the work zone. Delays of up to 20 minutes may be expected, especially during high-traffic times and motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible. Access to the RTD Park-n-Ride at Niwot and SH 119 will be maintained throughout the project. CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all road signs and flaggers, and to drive Slow for the Cone Zone.

The $4.5 million project, contracted to Jalisco International, Inc., is funded as part of the FASTER (Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery) legislation which is dedicated to improving safety and replacing poor bridges throughout the state. It is scheduled for completion in May 2013.

Members of the public can contact the project public information officer, Krista Bezzant, with questions, comments, and concerns; they can also sign up for weekly email updates on the progress of the project and expected traffic impacts at [email protected] or by calling the project hotline at 877-808-1257.