College Avenue night paving starts Sunday between Horsetooth Road and Harmony Road

June 3, 2016 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - FORT COLLINS – Starting Sunday night, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Martin Marietta will begin resurfacing College Avenue between Harmony Road and Horsetooth Road.

Through August, motorists should expect delays associated with single and double lane closures Sunday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Work will be performed overnight in order to minimize daytime traffic impacts.

College Avenue will remain open to traffic during the work. As necessary, traffic control personnel will assist traffic through major intersections. Affected driveways and side streets will be closed intermittently when milling equipment passes through. During paving operations, detour routes will be provided for traffic turning on and off College Avenue during overnight asphalt placement.

Crews will mill existing asphalt first before placing an asphalt leveling layer and final top layer across all travel lanes. It will take approximately three weeks to complete paving both directions between Harmony Road and Horsetooth Road. Crews will proceed north along College Avenue to Mulberry Street throughout the summer. At times, motorists will be driving on milled or temporary surfaces. Some equipment noise is expected overnight.

Later this month, northbound College Avenue will be reduced to one through lane between Garfield Street and Laurel Street for approximately six weeks for road work. College Avenue will remain open as well as major intersections with Garfield, Elizabeth and Laurel Streets. Access to and from College Avenue will be restricted at Locust and Plum Streets. Adjacent businesses are open during construction and pedestrian access will be maintained.

Crews will place a temporary barrier wall along northbound College Avenue between Garfield Street and Laurel Street to create a temporary work zone along the east side of the road. The contractor team will perform full-depth roadway reconstruction, which involves removing buried concrete panels that have been covered by multiple asphalt overlays. New curb and gutter are part of the project.

Although previous overlays have extended the life of the road, full rehabilitation is required in this section to improve safety, drainage and extend the life of the road. The last major work in this area took place more than 20 years ago. After work is complete in this first work zone, the barrier wall will be relocated north to complete similar work between Laurel Street and Mulberry Street. Last fall, crews completed reconstruction on southbound College Avenue between Mulberry Street and Old Main Drive.

All work is weather-dependent and the schedule is subject to change. Lane closures will continue to be communicated through weekly alerts using CDOT’s email and text alert service, as well as to local media. To sign up for alerts, visit the project website at

Background: The final phase of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s US 287 resurfacing project began in late July 2015. Work resumed in April 2016 after a winter shut-down. The project extends from Mulberry Street to Harmony Road and is expected to be complete in August 2016. This is the third and final phase of resurfacing work on US 287. The first two phases from Harmony Road south to 29th Street in Loveland are now complete. If you have questions or concerns, call the project information line at 970-443-7200 or send an email to: [email protected].