Westbound I-70 near Wadsworth closed for metro-wide signage replacement

May 3, 2019 - ATTENTION: I-70 closures that were scheduled for Thursday, May 9 have been rescheduled to Monday, May 13 due to expected adverse weather conditions.

A project to replace signs on various roadways in the Denver metro region will require the following closures for crews to remove sign structures that span across the highway:

MONDAY NIGHT, MAY 6 - Full ramp closure from northbound I-25 towards I-225 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Detour: northbound I-25 traffic will use the Hampden exit to access northbound I-225. The southbound I-25 ramp to access northbound I-225 will remain open. (This work was originally scheduled to occur April 28 but delayed until May 6 due to adverse weather).

THURSDAY NIGHT, MAY 13 – All lanes of westbound I-70 west of Wadsworth Blvd. are scheduled to be closed. This operation will also require a single left-lane closure on eastbound I-70.  All lanes in both directions will open by 5 a.m. for the morning commute. To navigate this closure, motorists will follow the suggested detour routes:

  • Westbound I-70 traffic will exit at (271A) towards Sheridan Blvd, be rerouted to either 44th Ave. or 58th Ave. and access the highway at Kipling St.

  • Northbound Wadsworth Boulevard headed towards I-70 will be detoured to 44th Ave. and Kipling St.

  • Southbound Wadsworth Boulevard headed towards I-70 will be detoured to 58th Ave. and Kipling St.

  • Westbound I-76 traffic will not be allowed to access I-70 at Wadsworth, and will be detoured onto either 44th Ave. or 58th Ave.

The closures are required for the safety of motorists and crews during the removal of the overhead signs.

CDOT urges motorists to slow for the cone zone, use caution near the project area, avoid distractions, and obey the posted signs. These activities are weather dependent, and this schedule may change.

Project Facts

Cost: $567,645

Contractor: Paonia Inc.

Project estimated completion: late June 2019

Overview: The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor, Paonia Inc., are replacing, removing, or installing sign panels and overhead sign structures on US 6, I-25, US 36, CO 58, I-70, I-76, I-225, I-270, US 285, CO 287, and C-470. Once completed, crews will have installed and replaced more than 500 signs.

The goal of this maintenance project is to remove and replace obsolete sign panels and structures and installing new sign panels and overhead structures to further improve communication with the traveling public.  Highway signs are an important safety tool that helps CDOT communicate rules, guidance and information to motorists navigating the highway system.

Remember to slow for cone zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

·        Do not speed in work zones; obey the posted speed limits.

·        Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.

·        Watch for workers; drive with caution.

·        Don't change lanes unnecessarily.

·        Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.

·        Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.

·        Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.

·        Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.

·        Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.

·        Anticipate lane shifts, and merge when directed to do so.

·        Be Patient!

Stay Informed

·        Hotline: (720) 572-4475

·        Email:  SignStructureProjectMetroArea@gmail.com

·        Travel conditions: COtrip.org

·        See scheduled lane closures

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CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located at its Denver headquarters and in regional offices throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Governor Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.