Expect Delays, Ramp Closures Night of Sunday, Dec. 4 on Westbound I-76 Near US 85

ADAMS COUNTY—From 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 to 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 5, motorists should expect delays on westbound Interstate 76 while crews shift travel lanes onto new detour pavement. Westbound I-76 will be reduced to a single lane during this time.

Crews will temporarily close the westbound I-76 off-ramp to 96th Avenue (exit 11) starting at 8 p.m. on Sunday to move temporary barrier and re-stripe the highway. All off-ramp traffic will be directed one mile west to the 88th Avenue off-ramp (exit 10).

Southbound US Highway 85 direct access to westbound I-76 will close at 104th Avenue starting at 10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec 4. A temporary, full closure is necessary to complete striping for the new traffic pattern at the ramp junction.

All ramps and lane closures will reopen by 5 a.m. on Monday. This work will be rescheduled for the evening of Monday, Dec. 5 if weather delays the traffic shift.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.

Detour Routes

  • To access 96th Avenue from westbound I-76 during the 96th off-ramp closure, the signed detour will direct motorists to continue past 96th Avenue, exit the highway at 88th Avenue (exit 10), turn east (left) on 88th Avenue, turn north (left) to enter eastbound I-76 for approximately one mile and take the 96th Avenue (exit 11) off-ramp.

  • To access westbound I-76 from southbound US 85, motorists may use westbound 104th Avenue to southbound (left) Brighton Road to enter westbound I-76 at 96th Avenue.

This work is part of the I-76 at US Highway 85 reconstruction project. An eastbound I-76 traffic shift is anticipated later this month. Shifting traffic onto the detour pavement allows permanent construction to begin on the outside lanes of I-76 and US 85.

Project Background

CDOT and contractor partner Villalobos Concrete, Inc. will be completing this safety improvement project for approximately the next year.

During construction, the speed limit is reduced to 55 mph and fines are doubled. Lane widths are reduced to 11 feet through the work zone. An oversized vehicle width restriction of 15 feet is strictly enforced.

This project will improve the geometry of the westbound I-76 curve where the interstate joins southbound US 85. This transition area will be upgraded to current design standards to improve safety and traffic flow.

An additional travel lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue will be built with the project. Portions of I-76 will also be replaced with new concrete pavement. Additional project features include improved roadway drainage, lighting and water-quality measures.

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