Press Release from U.S. 36 Express Lanes Project:
GIRDER INSTALLATION ON WADSWORTH PARKWAY KICKS OFF US 36 EXPRESS LANES PROJECT’S “SEASON OF BRIDGES”
On March 21-April 2, weather permitting, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin bridge girder and deck panel installation on the Wadsworth Parkway bridge, starting a season of very visual progress on the US 36 Express Lanes Project.
The girder installation will require closures on US 36 for 12 nights, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., at the following locations:
- Eastbound US 36 (all lanes) at Wadsworth Parkway – March 22
- East and westbound US 36 (all lanes) at Wadsworth Parkway – March 23-April 2
“We try to avoid full highway closures during this project, but for girder installation, it is necessary for safety,” said CDOT Project Director John Schwab. “On Wadsworth, we are setting 39 girders across the highway -- some weighing approximately 111,000 pounds and measuring 120-feet long. We will have detours using the ramps, but we encourage drivers to use alternate routes if possible as there will likely be delays.”
CDOT would like to remind motorists to obey all construction signs and flaggers and to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”
This spring and summer, commuters can expect to see major construction as five bridges are completely rebuilt and three more are widened to accommodate additional lanes on the highway. Two of the bridges, Wadsworth Parkway and 112th Avenue, will be complete by November 2013. Girder installation at 112th will follow soon after Wadsworth. The Sheridan bridge, BNSF bridge, and the US 36 bridges over Lowell Boulevard, the Westminster Promenade, and East and West Flatiron Crossing will also be under construction this spring and summer.
The $312 million multi-modal project will build an express lane in each direction on US 36 from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior. The lanes will accommodate High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV), Bus Rapid Transit and tolled Single Occupancy Vehicles. In addition, the project will replace several bridges, build a commuter bikeway, add Bus Rapid Transit improvements, and install Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for tolling, transit, and traveler information, and incident management.
Ames/Granite Joint Venture team is the design-build contractor for the project, which is scheduled to begin in the summer 2012 and open to the public in January 2015.
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