I-76 at US 85 Reconstruction
CDOT is currently reconstructing Interstate 76 and US Highway 85 interchange. The project will improve the geometry of the westbound I-76 curve where the interstate joins southbound US 85.
Additionally, this project will:
- Upgrade the transition to current design standards to improve safety and traffic flow.
- Add a travel lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue.
- Resurface portions of I-76 with new concrete pavement.
- Provide new roadway drainage, lighting and water-quality measures.
Construction will continue through 2017, or early 2018.
- Cost: $10 million (partially funded by FASTER Safety Funds)
- Contractor(s): Villalobos Concrete Inc.
Motorists should expect lane closures and reduced speed limits
The project will be completed in phases to minimize traffic impacts. Temporary barrier wall separates motorists from adjacent construction.
Phase 1—which is nearly complete—first involved constructing detour pavement adjacent to the inside lanes of I-76. Traffic then shifted onto the detour pavement so permanent construction could occur on the outside lanes of I-76 and US 85.
Phase 2 work will begin in mid-April on westbound I-76. Traffic will shift onto new, permanent pavement placed during Phase 1 to allow crews to reconstruct the inside lanes of westbound I-76 and southbound US 85. Eastbound I-76 Phase 2 work is expected to start in May 2017.
During construction, the speed limit is reduced to 55 mph and fines are doubled. Lane widths will be reduced to 11 feet through the work zone. An oversized vehicle width restriction of 15 feet is strictly enforced. Westbound I-76 oversized vehicles must exit the interstate by CO Highway 2 (Sable Boulevard), Exit 16. The width restriction also applies to eastbound I-76. Eastbound over-width vehicles must exit by 96th Avenue, Exit 11.
All work is weather permitting and schedules are subject to change.