Barlow Road Closes for a Month at US 34 for Signal Upgrade Project

FORT MORGAN—On the morning of Monday, April 17, the Colorado Department of Transportation and McAtee Construction Company closed Barlow Road, on the south side of US 34, to complete reconstruction of the intersection. The closure will remain in place through May 22.

Crews resumed work on the signals upgrade project the week of April 10. The full closure of the south side of the intersection is a duplicate of the closure done on the north side last fall. The closure is necessary to conduct the work, which will include removal of existing concrete, widening of the roadway, installation of new curb and gutter, and paving of new concrete.

When work is complete, the intersection will include dedicated right turn lanes and acceleration lanes for motorists to safely enter US 34.

Additionally, the construction of the new acceleration lane onto US 34 requires the single lane closure of US 34 near the Barlow Road intersection. This lane closure will last the same length of time as the Barlow Road closure.

"This phase of work requires extensive concrete work," said Project Engineer Brad Pierce. "The closure of Barlow Road gives the construction crews the room they need to work safely and efficiently to rebuild this quadrant of the intersection."

Construction on US 34 began in September 2016. The project is scheduled for completion by June 2017. Normal working hours are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and are weather dependent.

Signed detours will be in place to guide motorists around the closure. The detour is also safe for trucks. Speed limits will be reduced to 30 mph in the construction zone and minor delays along US 34 are expected.

McAtee Construction is the contractor for this $2 million signal upgrade and intersection improvement project.

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