The Colorado Department of Transportation advised that starting at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 24, crews will temporarily close eastbound Interstate 76 at 96th Avenue to all traffic overnight in order to install an overhead sign structure. All eastbound motorists will be detoured off I-76 at 96th Avenue (exit 11), through the roundabout, and directly back on the highway at the 96th Avenue on-ramp. Eastbound I-76 will reopen by 5 a.m. on Tuesday. All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.
Lane closures will begin as early as 7 p.m. in advance of the full closure at 10 p.m. on Monday. Sign structure installation is part of the I-76 at US Highway 85 reconstruction project. At least one additional overnight closure of eastbound I-76 is anticipated in late August to install a second sign structure near US 85.
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor partner, Villalobos Concrete Inc., will continue work through early 2018. Temporary barrier wall separates motorists from adjacent construction activities. During construction, the speed limit is reduced to 55 mph and fines are doubled. An oversized vehicle width restriction of 11 feet is strictly enforced. Concrete barrier wall physically constrains the width of the highway.
This project will improve the geometry of the westbound I-76 curve where the interstate joins southbound US 85. This transition area will be upgraded to current design standards to improve safety and traffic flow. An additional travel lane from southbound US 85 to 96th Avenue will be built with the project. Portions of I-76 will also be replaced with new concrete pavement. Additional project features include improved roadway drainage, lighting and water quality measures. This $10 million improvement project is partially funded by FASTER Safety funds.
For additional information about this project, call the CDOT project information line at 720-296-0110, email the team at [email protected], or visit the project website at www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-at-us-85-reconstruction. For information on travel conditions, visit COTrip.org, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT's Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.