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Construction Project on US 285 Will Require Various Lane Closures This Week

January 24, 2011 - Denver Metro Colorado/CDOT Region 6 - DENVER—This week, January 24th through January 28th, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will conduct various construction activities along US 285 that will result in various lane closures, full closures and ramps closures.

This work is part of the US 285 safety and mobility improvement project between Federal Boulevard and Kipling Parkway.

Motorists can expect the following lane closures this week, weather permitting:

  • Wadsworth Boulevard under US 285:  On Monday and Tuesday, all lanes of northbound and southbound Wadsworth Boulevard under US 285 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for bridge work.  Detour route: Motorists on southbound Wadsworth Boulevard will take westbound US 285 to Kipling Parkway where they will return to eastbound US 285 for access to Wadsworth Boulevard.  Motorists on northbound Wadsworth Boulevard will take eastbound US 285 to Sheridan Boulevard where they will return to westbound US 285 for access to Wadsworth Boulevard. 
  • Federal Boulevard under US 285: On Wednesday and Thursday, all lanes of northbound and southbound Federal Boulevard under US 285 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for bridge work.  Detour route: Motorists on southbound Federal Boulevard will take westbound US 285 to Sheridan Boulevard where they will return to eastbound US 285 for access to Federal Boulevard.  Motorists on northbound Federal Boulevard will take eastbound US 285 to Santa Fe Drive where they will return to westbound US 285 for access to Federal Boulevard.
  • Sheridan Boulevard to Westbound US 285: On Thursday, the ramp from Sheridan Boulevard to westbound US 285 will be completely closed from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for storm sewer work.  Detour route: Motorists can take the frontage road west to Wadsworth Boulevard where access to westbound US 285 is available.
  • Westbound US 285 between Wadsworth Boulevard and Estes Street: On Thursday, one lane of westbound US 285 will be closed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow crews to realign westbound US 285 to the north onto new concrete pavement.  The realignment is in preparation for the bridge demolition of the eastbound US 285 bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard.
  • Eastbound US 285 between Estes Street and Pierce Street: On Friday, one lane of eastbound US 285 will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow crews to realign eastbound US 285 to the north onto the new westbound US 285 bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard.  The realignment is in preparation for the bridge demolition of the eastbound US 285 bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard.

Major delays are expected on US 285, Federal Boulevard and Wadsworth Boulevard through the week and alternate routes are strongly advised.   CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”  Fines will be doubled for most infractions that occur in the work zone.

Overall, the $40.1 million design-build project will reconstruct US 285 and replace three bridges among other improvements.

In all, the project will:

o   Reconstruct approximately four miles of US 285 between Federal Boulevard and Kipling Parkway

o   Replace the bridges on US 285 over Wadsworth Boulevard, Pierce Street and Federal Boulevard

o   Add additional through lanes on Wadsworth Boulevard and reconstruct the US 285/Wadsworth Boulevard intersection

o   Rehabilitate the bridge decks on US 285 over Estes Street, Bear Creek, Raleigh Street and Sheridan Boulevard

o   Widen the inside shoulder of US 285 between Wadsworth Boulevard and Sheridan Boulevard

o   Add an additional left turn lane from southbound Knox Court to eastbound US 285

o   Construct drainage and water quality improvements to accommodate potential future widening or other construction projects

Concrete Express Inc. and Tsiouvaras, Simmons, and Holderness, Inc. is the design-build team for this project that will be completed by the end of July 2011.

For more information about this project, visit http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/us285wadsdb. To receive e-mail updates about the project, visit www.coloradodot.info and click on the icon in the upper right-hand corner.  The link will take you to a list of items you can subscribe to including the US 285 reconstruction project listed under “Projects.