I-76 at US 85 Reconstruction

From October 2016 to December 2017, crews reconstructed Interstate 76 at US Highway 85. The most noticeable changes are along westbound I-76, where the project improved the curve approaching the southbound US 85 merge area, and added a lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue.

Before the project, westbound I-76 had a high accident history, including several truck rollover incidents. The superelevation of the curve, which is the raised or "banked" section, was redesigned to current standards. Traffic operations have also improved at the southbound US 85 on-ramp. There are now two lanes entering I-76 instead of one.

For a year, both directions of I-76 were down a lane in each direction while crews completely reconstructed the highway from 96th Avenue through the US 85 interchange. Major project features included improving the westbound I-76 curve at US 85, constructing a new auxiliary lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue and full replacement of deteriorated concrete pavement. The project also improved roadway drainage, lighting and water quality measures.

Project Facts

Project Team

  • Contractor(s): Villalobos Concrete Inc.