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CDOT Teams Up with City to Accelerate Road Rehabilitation Work on Edison Street in Downtown Brush

April 17, 2020 - Northeastern Colorado - The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with the City of Brush to speed up work planned in downtown.

BRUSH, CO – The Colorado Department of Transportation is teaming up with the City of Brush to speed up work planned in downtown. 

As part of the Interstate 76 and US Highway 34 resurfacing project, several blocks of Edison Street (US 34) from west of Carson Street to east of Colorado Avenue will be reconstructed. Although this work was originally scheduled for summer 2021, CDOT now plans to expedite the project this construction season in conjunction with the City of Brush waterline replacement. Performing the work now will shorten the overall duration of construction downtown and minimize disruption to businesses and residents.

The City's waterline project is expected to start on Monday, April 20, and will close Edison Street between Custer Street and Colorado Avenue. All Edison Street traffic will detour to the north (Edmunds Street) or to the south (N. Railway Street) via Custer Street on the west and Colorado Avenue on the east.

While the waterline work is underway, CDOT’s contractor team will begin road work in the same area starting on Monday, April 27. By constructing both projects concurrently, all major work is expected to be complete by June 30 and will reduce possible traffic impacts and disruptions next construction season. A corridor map with road closure information is available at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-us-34-fort-morgan-brush-resurfacing.

Road work includes:

  • Replacing asphalt with concrete pavement for improved longevity and durability
  • Reconstructing several sections of sidewalk and curb ramps
  • Resurfacing asphalt transitions on Custer Street and Cameron Street

For crew and driver safety, the full closure of Edison Street and associated detours will remain in place during the road work. Business access will be maintained from side streets. When sidewalks and curb ramps are impacted, pedestrian detours will be signed.

Construction is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

CDOT and contractor partner, Martin Marietta, will soon begin extensive pavement work on westbound I-76 at two separate work zones near the cities of Fort Morgan and Brush: 

  • I-76 from west of Colorado Highway 144 (mile point 78.2) to east of Barlow Road (MP 82.9)
  • I-76 near US 6 east of Brush (MP 90.8 to 92.3)

This project will repair six bridges on I-76, remove and replace asphalt, upgrade guardrail, and restripe the highway. In late April or early May 2020, I-76 will be reduced to one westbound lane through each work zone. The 24/7 single-lane configuration will help expedite construction. Once work is complete in the right lane, traffic will switch onto the new pavement and work will occur in the left lane. Similar repairs are planned for eastbound I-76 starting in late summer. All I-76 work is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

This project also includes major asphalt pavement rehabilitation along most of US 34 from I-76 to CO 71 south. The contractor team is currently performing the following minor work in preparation for future resurfacing: 

  • Bridge repairs at three locations
  • Curb ramp upgrades at several intersections in downtown Fort Morgan and Brush

For additional project information, call the project hotline at 970-427-4005, send an email to [email protected] or visit the website at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-us-34-fort-morgan-brush-resurfacing. Text CONSTRUCT to 21000 to sign up for construction alerts.

For real-time information regarding traffic impacts on any state highway, motorists can sign up for CDOT email and text alerts by visiting www.codot.gov and clicking on the small envelope icon at the bottom right of the page. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and Facebook (www.facebook.com/coloradodot).

COVID-19

Safe transportation infrastructure is essential for emergency first responders and freight drivers as Colorado navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment has promulgated guidelines for construction activities. Gov. Polis announced an emergency, temporary stay-at-home order for all of Colorado, which went into effect Thursday March 26. With this order, the public is urged to #DoYourPartCO and avoid all nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.

REMEMBER: SLOW FOR THE CONE ZONE

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  

To heighten safety awareness, CDOT recently announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative. This project takes a systematic statewide approach to safety combining the benefits of CDOT’s programs that address driving behaviors, our built environment and the organization's operations. The goal is to improve the safety of Colorado’s transportation network by reducing the rate and severity of crashes and improving the safety of all transportation modes. The program has one simple mission—to get everyone home safely.

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