Signal pole improvements slated along the Northern Front Range in January

December 22, 2020 - Northeastern Colorado

In early January, the Colorado Department of Transportation will begin work on three signal pole projects across Northeastern Colorado. 

Two projects will be focused on the removal and replacement of signal head backplates and visors. The third project is in Weld County, working on two traffic signals replacing the signal poles along with other infrastructure needed for signalization. 

Signal backplates are intended to expand the visibility of the signal by providing a consistent and controlled background of the signal. This helps to improve safety of the intersection in which the signal is located. The removal and installation of signal poles, mast arms, controller cabinets, fiber infrastructure, cameras and other infrastructure needed for the signalization will provide a safer intersection for motorists and pedestrians by ensuring the reliability of the devices. 

Travel Impacts

Most work will be performed Monday through Friday on all projects. On the signal backplate update projects, there will be some single lane closures which will be alternated while work is being done on the signal so traffic will have minimal impacts. On the intersection signal pole removal/replacement project, some travel impacts throughout the construction site should be expected.  

These projects are located at several locations throughout the Front Range. Towns that will experience updates are located in: 

  • Boulder County

  • Kit Carson County

  • Larimer County

  • Lincoln County

Project Information

Signal Backplate Project Phase 1

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Signal Backplate Project Phase 2

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Signal Pole Project 3

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Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, road maintenance and construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home when possible, and avoiding nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely. 

Whole System. Whole Safety

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely. 

About CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located 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.