I-76 Cable Rail Project to begin July 31

Project Update

July 21, 2023 - Northeastern Colorado - Safety enhancement project work will take place in Morgan County

Morgan County — The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a cable rail project on July 31 along I-76, between Wiggins and Brush in Morgan County to increase safety and avoid head-on collisions.

The project will take place from Mile Point 72 to MP 91. Weekly updates will be provided and all real-time closure information will be posted to COtrip.org. CDOT has selected IHC Scott as the prime contractor for the project.

Work will be done on eastbound and westbound lanes for a 19-mile stretch of I-76.

The use of cable guardrail as a safety barrier has been successfully implemented by CDOT statewide. This tensioned barrier rail is comprised of wires that absorb kinetic energy when hit by a vehicle. The rail flexes on contact, redirecting the vehicle along the median and thereby preventing it from entering opposing traffic. It is also more efficient and faster to install, and less expensive to replace than concrete barriers.

I76 Cable Rail Project Map

Travel Impacts

Daytime work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorists should plan for single-lane, alternating traffic. The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through the work zone. The project is expected to last until the end of December.

Project Contact Information

For additional information about this project, contact the project team.

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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