Contractor selected for U.S. 36 improvements
(Mar 06, 2012)
The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced its selection of the Ames/Granite Joint Venture team as the design-build contractor for the U.S. 36 Express Lanes project. The $310 million project is led by CDOT, the Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise and the Regional Transportation District.
The City of Westminster has worked for years as a member of the U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition to advocate for this critical mobility improvement in the corridor. After years of environmental reviews and hard work to secure funding, this project will soon become a reality.
The project is Phase 1 of a two-phase project and will add transportation improvements along U.S. 36 from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior. The project will:
- Add an express lane, also referred to as a managed lane, in each direction of U.S. 36 for high-occupancy vehicles (HOV = 2+ vehicle occupants) and bus rapid transit to travel, free of charge. Solo drivers also will be able to use the express lane by paying a toll that varies in amount by the time of day. The existing lanes of U.S. 36 will remain free.
- Reconstruct and replace the Sheridan Boulevard bridge over U.S. 36 in Westminster. Roadway approaches and ramp intersections will also be reconstructed as part of this project.
- Reconstruct existing pavement on U.S. 36 and widen the highway to accommodate 12-foot inside and outside shoulders.
- Replace the Wadsworth Parkway and Wadsworth Boulevard (at 112th Avenue)bridges over U.S. 36 and the Lowell Boulevard bridge under U.S. 36.
- Reconstruct the U.S. 36 bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway.
- Install a separate commuter bikeway from 80th Avenue and U.S. 36 to 88th Street in Louisville/Superior. The trail will roughly parallel U.S. 36 and will include connections to the Farmers' High Line, Big Dry Creek and Walnut Creek trails.
- Improve RTD stations along the corridor, including new canopies with enhanced weather protection.
- Add bus rapid transit improvements, including new electronic display signage at stations and bus priority improvements at ramps. The improvements also will allow buses to operate on the shoulders of U.S. 36 between interchanges to decrease bus travel time.
- Install intelligent transportation systems for tolling, transit and traveler information and incident management.
The Ames/Granite team will begin construction in summer 2012 and open the express lanes to the public by Dec. 31, 2014. A project of this magnitude will have substantial impacts on travel in the corridor during construction. In collaboration with CDOT, the City of Westminster will work to provide information to the public on construction impacts and strategies for getting around the corridor during this significant project.
While construction for Phase I moves forward, CDOT and the HPTE continue to evaluate alternative means for financing the remainder of the U.S. 36 project between 88th Street and Table Mesa/Foothills Parkway near Boulder. For more information on Phase I and Phase II, please visit the project page on the CDOT website.