Southbound US 85 access to westbound I-76 closed overnight on Thursday and two nights next week

September 26, 2017 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 1 - ADAMS COUNTY – On Thursday, Sept. 28 and two consecutive nights next week (Sunday, Oct. 1 and Monday, Oct. 2), motorists should expect lane and ramp closures on westbound Interstate 76 near US Highway 85 while crews complete asphalt paving and sign panel placement.

The southbound US 85 direct access to westbound I-76 will be closed at 104th Avenue from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on all three nights.

Lane closures will begin as early as 7 p.m. in advance of the full closure at 9 p.m. Crews will also close the westbound I-76 off-ramp to 96th Avenue (exit 11) from 9 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. on Thursday night and again on Sunday, Oct. 1. Minor delays are expected. All work is weather-dependent and the schedule is subject to change.


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

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.

A detour route map is available at


The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partner, Villalobos Concrete Inc., will continue work through fall 2017. Motorists should expect various lane closures and traffic shifts as crews place permanent lane striping and move traffic into final alignment. The speed limit is reduced to 55 mph and fines are doubled. An oversized vehicle width restriction of 11 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. This $10 million improvement project is partially funded by FASTER Safety funds.


For additional information about this project, call the project information line at 720-296-0110, email the team [email protected]. or visit

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