No Further Daytime Lane Closures On State Highway 119 As Park of Jay/Niwot Roads Project

July 23, 2013 - TRAFFIC ADVISORY - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Work will continue to progress on shoulders and at night.

BOULDER COUNTY — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will no longer be implementing daytime lane closures on State Highway (SH) 119 as part of the Jay Road and Niwot Road reconstruction project. Additionally, all through and turn lanes at SH 119 and Niwot Rd have been reopened on the project and the original speed limit has been restored.

“We will only be having nighttime lane closures from this point forward on SH 119,” said Project Engineer Rick Wenzel. “During the day, we will have crews working on shoulders in order to minimize impacts to the traveling public.”

Moving forward, occasional lane closures on Jay Road and Niwot Road will be in place as necessary. Crews will be putting the final touches on the Niwot intersection during the weeks to come, as the bulk of the work has been complete and only minor touch-up work, such as smoothing transitions from old to new pavement, remains.

“We realize that the public has been extremely patient with the project’s impacts to this point, and we want to thank motorists for their understanding of the difficult nature of reconstructing such heavily used intersections,” Wenzel added.

For the project, crews are reconfiguring 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 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Work on the project will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday each week as well as overnight work on various days. The speed limit on SH 119 has been restored to 55 MPH through the work zone at Niwot Road, but motorists are still urged 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 at the end of August 2013.

Members of the public can contact the project public information officer 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.

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