Highway 86 Improvement Project underway this week

October 2, 2013 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - Work consists of rotomilling the old surface and then paving the six mile segment between SH 83 in Franktown and the Douglas/Elbert county line.

DOUGLAS COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins upgrading State Highway 86 in the Franktown area on Friday, October 4.

Project hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Work begins in Franktown and proceeds east.  A pilot car and flaggers will alternate eastbound and westbound traffic through the work zone, requiring stops up to 15 minutes.  The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph in the project area during work hours.

“This is primarily for preventive maintenance that’ll extend the lifespan of the road surface about another 10 years and provide the traveling public with a much smoother roadway,” says CDOT Project Engineer Brock Johnson.  “The new striping also will enhance safety by improving highway visibility and lane delineation, especially after dark.”

The $1 million project, contracted to Martin Marietta Materials of Westminster, Colo., is scheduled for completion in November 2013.

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