Highway 36 Improvement Project Begins

May 14, 2013 - Central Eastern Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - ADAMS & ARAPAHOE COUNTIES – Work is underway by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to upgrade the seven-and-½ mile segment of State Highway 36 between Bennett and Strasburg.

Initial work begins in Bennett and proceeds eastward as crews rotomill the old surface and place new asphalt pavement, and install new signing and striping.

Flaggers are alternating eastbound and westbound traffic through the work zone, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Delays up to 10 minutes should be expected.  In addition, during work hours, a reduced 35 mph speed limit will be in effect and vehicles wider than 10 feet will not be allowed to travel through the project area.

Parking will be restricted in Bennett while rotomilling and paving is taking place through town.  Various parking spots on SH 36 will not be available during these operations.  However, business access will remain open, requiring patrons to utilize adjacent side streets to park.

Operations will be suspended from June 24 to July 12, allowing unimpeded travel for farm vehicles during grain harvest.

“As part of this project, we’re recycling the asphalt, adding a rejuvenating agent and placing it down as road base, followed by a layer of new asphalt,” says CDOT Resident Engineer Dole Grebenik.  “It’s a cost-effective way of renewing the old asphalt.”

The $2.5 million project, contracted to Aggregate Industries WCR Inc., of Golden, CO, is scheduled for completion in August 2013.

“New asphalt will provide the traveling public with a smoother road surface that’s designed to last ten years,” added Grebenik.  “Placing new signs and striping will improve both safety and visibility along the highway, especially at night.”

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