Pavement Program extends Lifespan of State Highways

July 21, 2016 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - The Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Maintenance Pavement Program is underway to help extend the lifespan of the state road system throughout metro Denver and surrounding area.

“The average lifespan of our paved surfaces is about 15 years,” said CDOT Region One Transportation Director Paul Jesaitis.  “By doing preventative maintenance, we are able to extend those lifespans to average about 25 years and hold off on doing any major construction projects to resurface or reconstruct roads for years to come.”

Crews will be milling short sections of roadway (1/10 to less than two miles) and laying down new asphalt. The projects include rotomilling and include the use of laydown machines, tandems, brooms and rollers.  Rental equipment is used to save money.  

This year, $3.8 million is allocated to complete 26 projects in the following areas:

U.S. 6

Indiana Street area

Commerce City near I-270

Denver near Federal Boulevard

State Highway 7

West of I-25

State Highway 8 (Morrison Road)

C-470 area


Interstate 25

Near Happy Canyon Road

Interstate 25 Frontage Road

South of Castle Rock

U.S. 36

West of Last Chance

U.S. 40 (Colfax Avenue in Denver Area)

Southeast of Byers

Kipling Street area

I-25 area

Near U.S. 6 junction

Interstate 70

Chambers Road area

Tower Road area

E-470 area

State Highway 72

East of State Highway 93

State Highway 83 (Parker Road)


State Highway 121 (Wadsworth Boulevard)


Chatfield Reservoir area

State Highway 128

East of State Highway 93

Interstate 270 Frontage Road

Between Vasquez Boulevard and Quebec Street

U.S. 287 (Federal Boulevard)



North of Morrison Road

Crews are working two shifts: Sunday through Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., and Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Shifts could run long depending on traffic, weather, availability of resources, or equipment and/or maintenance issues. Short delays, less than five minutes, are possible, primarily during the day. 

“We wanted to allocate more funds to this program to help improve drivability for a larger span of road, especially with so many people moving to and traveling through Colorado,” Jesaitis said.  “We want to make sure our roads can keep up with the amount of impact they get each day and prevent problems in the future.”

This year’s program is scheduled for completion in mid-September 2016.

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