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US 6 Eastbound From Sheridan to I-25 to Reopen Ahead of Schedule

February 16, 2014 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - DENVER – US 6 Eastbound from Sheridan to I-25 will reopen early after a weekend long closure for the US 6 Bridges Design-Build Project.

Crews have been working around the clock since the road was closed at 9 p.m. Friday, February 14 and the eastbound portion of the roadway will reopen ahead of schedule. Eastbound US 6 will reopen at 10 p.m. this evening. Westbound I-70 in this same area will also reopen ahead of schedule though n exact time has not been established. Both sections were scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, February 17.

Crews worked 24 hours a day during this closure to take down the Knox Court bridge, remove a portion of the Federal Boulevard bridge and relocate an overhead power line; activities that would each require separate highway closures. Crews removed about 7,000 feet of center median barrier and put temporary barrier in place to shift traffic to the south side of the highway. It would have taken about 20 nights to do this work if it weren’t done during this weekend closure.

Once US 6 is reopened CDOT will then implement a closure of the northbound I-25 ramp to eastbound 6th avenue. This closure will be in place for approximately six months. The southbound ramp to eastbound 6th avenue will not be affected at this time.

"This project will bring not only needed transportation improvements to west Denver, but it offers the opportunity to help connect neighborhoods on both sides of the US 6 corridor," said Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez.

The $98 million project will replace six obsolete bridges on US 6 between Knox Court and I-25, improve traffic movements in the I-25 and US 6 interchange and enhance driver safety by eliminating several traffic weave movements along US 6 between Federal Boulevard and I-25.

When the highway reopens Monday morning, travel lanes will be narrowed and shifted to the south, so motorists should drive with care. The following closures will also still be in place:

  • The Knox Court bridge over US 6 will be closed for about three months for reconstruction.
  • The Lowell Boulevard on-ramp to eastbound US 6 and the westbound US 6 off-ramp to Lowell will be closed for about three months while this bridge is rebuilt.
  • The Bryant Street on and off-ramps will be closed for about one year to build the collector-distributor roads on both sides of US 6.
  • The Federal Boulevard bridge over US 6 will be reduced to two lanes in each direction and the eastbound US 6 off-ramp to Federal Boulevard will be reduced to one lane.

All construction activities are weather-dependent and subject to change. For updated project information, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/US6Bridges, call 720-881-5540 or email [email protected]

The US 6 Bridges Design-Build Project involves improvements along 6th Avenue from approximately Knox Court on the west through the BNSF railroad track bridge just east of I-25.  The project, which was part of the I-25 Valley Highway FEIS completed in 2006, includes building new bridges over Bryant Street, the South Platte River, BNSF railroad tracks, I-25, and over US 6 at Federal Boulevard and Knox Court, as well as improvements to Barnum Parks and a realigned off-ramp from northbound I-25 to westbound US 6. Substantial project completion is planned for August 2015.

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