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Up to 48-Hour Full Closure of Federal Blvd. at 69th Ave. for Emergency Bridge Work

July 27, 2015 - Denver Metro/CDOT Region 1 - WESTMINSTER – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is requiring a full closure of Federal Boulevard between 67th and 70th Avenues due to a soil nail wall failure on the southbound portion of the Federal Boulevard bridge at 69th Avenue.

An air pocket in the soil under the southbound portion of the bridge caused collapse on the roadway above. CDOT is anticipating a closure to be in effect for up to 48 hours as crews work to fix and stabilize the issue.

During this closure, the following detours are recommended:

  • Northbound Federal Boulevard traffic should exit at 64th Avenue and use Lowell Boulevard
  • Southbound Federal Boulevard traffic should exit at 72nd Avenue and use Lowell Boulevard

This emergency work is part of a $12 million project that replaces the structurally deficient bridge, along with other safety and aesthetic improvements.

Background
The Federal Boulevard & 69th Bridge Replacement over BNSF & RTD project will replace the existing deficient and functionally obsolete bridge along Federal Boulevard and reconstruct one half mile of roadway from W 67th Avenue to W 70th Avenue. The new bridge is being widened to keep two lanes open in each direction during peak travel times through phased construction.  Extensive earthwork and retaining walls are required at the bridge approaches.

Completion of this project will result in a wider bridge that will allow for future expansion of the roadway. ADA curb ramps will be added for handicap access and new wider sidewalks on each side of Federal Boulevard will improve pedestrian safety. Raised medians will be added to separate traffic and aesthetic enhancements will include a raised median planter with the Westminster city logo and future sculptures. Further benefits include added lighting for Little Dry Creek pedestrian trail and a new signal at 69th Ave to access the future RTD Eagle-P3 commuter rail station.

The City of Westminster has been an important partner in the planning and development of this project, which is scheduled for completion in Late 2016.  CDOT and the contractor team, lead by Hamon Infrastructure, would like to remind motorists to Slow for the Cone Zone. Fines will be doubled within the work zone.

Stay Informed
Updated information regarding traffic impacts is available by calling the project hotline at 720-737-5123 or visiting the website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/federal-69thbridge

For information on other projects, visit http://www.cotrip.org/roadConditions.htm, call 511 or download the CDOT mobile app. To receive project updates via e-mail, visit www.cotrip.org and click on the cell-phone icon in the center of the page.