Safety Improvements Start April 23 at Powers Boulevard & Omaha Boulevard

April 19, 2018 -

On Monday, April 23, CDOT will start building median islands at Colorado Highway (Power Boulevard) and Omaha Boulevard, an intersection at which crews installed temporary barriers and signs last month.

This safety-improvement work will be completed in phases to minimize traffic impacts.

  • Crews will first construct a median island on Omaha Boulevard to flow traffic into the new right-in, right-out configuration.

  • From the night of Sunday, April 22 through the night of Friday, April 27: Right turns will be prohibited at northbound Powers Boulevard to Omaha Boulevard.
    • Crews will provide multiple detour signs.
    • Crews will excavate a portion of the road and place a new drainage pipe across the right-turn lane.
    • Motorists headed west on Omaha Boulevard will be able to turn right onto Powers Boulevard during this work.
    • From 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., travelers can also expect lane closures on Powers Boulevard.

  • Starting on Sunday, April 29 and continuing 24 hours a day for about one week: The outside through lane of northbound Powers Boulevard will be closed.

    "Powers Boulevard carries over 60,000 vehicles a day. Daytime lane closures can be impactful. To shorten the project duration, we will use the 24/7 closure to work extended hours and through the weekend, if necessary, to get all lanes back open as soon as possible," stated CDOT Project Manager Mike Bass. Right-in, right-out access will be maintained at Omaha Boulevard during this phase of work.

  • Once crews complete island construction on Omaha Boulevard, they'll begin work on the raised median in the center of Powers Boulevard.
    • Expect a short-term, 24/7 lane closure on southbound Powers Boulevard while median work is complete.
    • The speed limit will be temporarily reduced to 40 mph on Powers Boulevard during construction, and fines are double in the work zone.
    • All work is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.

    Project Info

    CDOT and contractor partner Kiewit Infrastructure Co. will improve safety at the Powers Boulevard/Omaha Boulevard intersection. This location—which is the only remaining unsignalized, full-access intersection on Powers Boulevard north of Milton E. Proby Parkway—will be reconfigured as right-in, right-out only.

    This intersection has a high accident rate and a history of serious collisions. Eliminating left-turn movements will reduce the likelihood of future collisions at this location. The project will also extend northbound left-turn lanes at Palmer Park Boulevard. The project is slated to be completed in early July 2018.

    This $773,000 project is funded by the Funding Advancements for Surface Transportation and Economic Recovery Act of 2009 (FASTER), which helps the state pay for roadway safety improvements, repair of deteriorating bridges and transit support.