Federal Boulevard Resurfacing project between Colfax and I-70 begins this week

Travel Advisory

June 8, 2022 - Central/Eastern Colorado

City and County of Denver– Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians who use Federal Boulevard (US Highway 287) between Colfax Avenue and Interstate 70 can expect impacts to their daily commute this summer and fall as the Colorado Department of Transportation and prime contractor, Brannan Sand and Gravel, will begin a project to repave approximately three miles of Federal Boulevard and replace the curb ramps along this stretch. While traffic delays are expected during construction, the long term benefits of this project will upgrade the travel experience for everyone. Upon project completion, this highly traveled stretch of Federal Boulevard located in the City and County of Denver will have smoother and safer driving conditions as well as improved sidewalk accessibility.

The project will begin with replacing 114 curb ramps at intersections along Federal Boulevard within the project limits, bringing these curb ramps to ADA (Americans with Disabilities Acts) standards. These much-needed improvements will provide better accessibility to multimodal travelers and is part of a larger statewide commitment by CDOT.

Motorists will experience improved pavement conditions later in the project when the resurfacing work begins. This is expected to start later in the summer and will take place along Federal Boulevard between 49th Avenue and West 16th Avenue (Mile Point 282.8 to MP 285.8). The top layer of asphalt will be grounded off and replaced with two and a half inches of new asphalt.

Curb ramp replacement work will happen during daytime hours, but the resurfacing work will take place overnight to lessen impacts to the traveling public. Working hours and anticipated traffic impacts are outlined below.

Traffic Impacts

Construction work on the project is expected to go through November, weather and availability of resources permitting. The estimated schedule is as follows:

Daytime working hours for curb ramp replacements

  • June, July and part of August
  • 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Turn-pocket, sidewalk and single-lane closures

Nighttime working hours for resurfacing work

  • Starting in August through the end of the project:
  • 6 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights
  • Temporary full overnight closures of side street intersections, traffic reduced to a single lane on Federal Boulevard, and restricted turning movements
  • Motorists should expect delays and plan for extra travel time. Detours will be in place.

Federal resurfacing project map

Project Information

For additional information about this project:

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: Slow For The 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!

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