The Colorado Department of Transportation reported that the ramp leading from westbound Interstate 70 to southbound Interstate 225 will be closed from 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, until 5 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 19. Closures are necessary so crews can install three 44-foot modular joints that each must be installed in one piece across the width of the bridge.Traffic is advised to use alternate routes.
Westbound traffic from I-70 to I-225 will be routed through the Peoria Street interchange to eastbound I-70 so motorists can merge onto I-225 via that ramp; motorists can expect heavy delays around the detour route. It is recommended that motorists avoid the Peoria Street interchange and use the alternate route of Airport Road to East 6th Avenue.
Local traffic is advised to avoid the I-70/Peoria Street interchange over the weekend as longer than usual delays can be expected on Peoria Street.
After the ramp reopens on Monday, September 19, motorists can expect nightly single lane closures for the next three weeks from Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. so crews can overlay a bridge deck. Drivers should be prepared for lane shifts and a reduced speed limit of 45 mph through the project area. Vehicles wider than 12 feet will be restricted from using the ramp during work hours.
The project is on schedule and expects to finish in late October. Work hours could be extended or additional weekend closures could be scheduled.