The Colorado Dept. of Transportation says that nearly 200 miles of highway and more than 24 bridges will be under construction in the northeastern section of Colorado, with costs totaling more than $130 million. That includes projects in Boulder, Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson, Larimer, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma counties.
This construction work does not include routine CDOT maintenance projects, which are also under way on a daily basis. Major 2013 construction projects in northeastern Colorado are listed below.
• I-76 Brush to Fort Morgan Reconstruction: The $37.6-million project will reconstruct I-76 in both directions from mile marker (MM) 84.9 to MM 91.1. Crews will replace, build and rehabilitate 13 bridges and one box culvert, create two diamond interchanges at State Highway (S.H.) 71 and at Dodd Road, and will update the on- and off-ramps.
• State Highway 7/Cherryvale Project in Boulder: This project will improve the safety and operation of S.H. 7 from Cherryvale Road to 75th Street (roughly two miles), add new features for pedestrians and widen structures for the railroad bridge near 75th Street. The $18-million project began in January 2012 and is expected to be complete in summer 2014.
• I-76 Sedgwick to Nebraska Resurfacing: Resurfacing and erosion control project will include guardrail, curb and gutter, sidewalk, signage, drainage, and striping improvements from mile marker (MM) 165 to MM 175. The $13.9-million project ($300,000 of which was contributed by the town of Julesburg) is scheduled for completion in November.
• U.S. 85 Bypass in Greeley: The project will reconstruct the U.S. 85 bypass from U.S. 34 to 5th Street. Bridge decks will be replaced at the twin bridges at the Poudre River. The $12.4-million project began in June and scheduled for completion in August.
• I-70 Resurfacing West of Flagler: This project will recycle the existing asphalt from mile marker (MM) 373.1 to MM 395.1 east of Limon and replace it with 2.5 in. of new asphalt; doing so will increase the lifespan of the highway and create a smoother surface for motorists. The $8.5-million project will last from this July to October.