Railroad Repairs to Close Santa Fe Drive Near Oxford Avenue This Weekend

October 30, 2013 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER – Starting at 10 p.m. on November 1, 2013 and continuing until 5:30 a.m. on November 4, 2013, weather permitting, all lanes of northbound and southbound Santa Fe Drive between Union Avenue and Oxford Avenue will be closed for railroad crossing repairs.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Union Pacific Railroad will work together to replace the at-grade crossing on Santa Fe Drive approximately 500 feet south of Oxford Avenue.

“Over the last several months, the roadway and the material between the rails have failed, creating an uneven driving surface,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Ron Buck. “In order to resolve the issues at this location, we must replace the railroad crossing including the roadway approaches and rail components. To complete the work in a safe and timely manner, both directions of Santa Fe Drive must remain closed for the duration of the weekend.”

During the closure, business and residential access will still be available at Oxford Avenue and Union Avenue. Through traffic will use the following detour routes:

Northbound Santa Fe Drive: Motorists on northbound Santa Fe Drive can take Belleview Avenue west to Federal Boulevard and then travel north on Federal Boulevard to Hampden Avenue. Take Hampden Avenue east to Santa Fe Drive.

Southbound Santa Fe Drive: Motorists on southbound Santa Fe Drive can take Hampden Avenue west to Federal Boulevard and then travel south on Federal Boulevard to Belleview Avenue. Take Belleview Avenue east to Santa Fe Drive.

Throughout the weekend, major delays are expected in the area and alternate routes are strongly advised. CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

All lanes of Santa Fe Drive will reopen by 5:30 a.m. on November 4 and all work is weather permitting. An update will be provided should weather postpone the work.

Lawrence Construction Co. is the contractor for the repairs estimated to cost $998,000