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CDOT accelerates intersection work at Edison Street and Colorado Avenue in downtown Brush

May 21, 2020 - Northeastern Colorado

BRUSH – The Colorado Department of Transportation will accelerate reconstruction of the US Highway 34 (Edison Street) and Colorado Highway 71 (Colorado Avenue) intersection after Memorial Day. 

Starting at 7 a.m. on May 26, the intersection of Edison Street and Colorado Avenue will close for approximately two weeks. Reconstructing the intersection now under full closure will reduce construction impacts in downtown Brush by at least two months.

Currently, several blocks of Edison Street from west of Carson Street to east of Colorado Avenue are closed for full reconstruction. Next week, crews will start concrete paving at Carson Street and head east toward Colorado Avenue. “If we close the Colorado Avenue intersection now to prepare for paving, we’ll be ready to pull through the intersection with the large paving equipment already on site. This approach will replace several phases of construction and avoid smaller concrete pours. We’re motivated to complete construction in downtown Brush as soon as possible,” said CDOT project manager Anthony Anderson.  

CDOT anticipated having the Edison Street and Colorado Avenue intersection back open around June 10. Edison Street from west of Carson Street to east of Colorado Avenue is on schedule to open by June 30. Construction is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.

The signed detour route for US 34 through traffic will utilize County Road 29, County Road S / Mill Street and Hospital Road to bypass the area. A local in-town detour will also be signed around the immediate closure using Custer Street, N. Railway Street, and Clifton Street. A corridor map with road closure information is available at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-us-34-fort-morgan-brush-resurfacing.

This intersection work is part of the I-76 and US 34 resurfacing project. Since early April 2020, the contractor team has made significant progress. Bridge repairs for several I-76 and US 34 structures are now complete. Crews finished milling and paving the westbound lane of I-76 this week. More than 40 curb ramps have been upgraded in Fort Morgan and Brush. On Tuesday, Martin Marietta also started resurfacing work on US 34 between Fort Morgan and Brush. Weekly construction updates are posted on the project website for each of the active work zones. 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

CDOT and contractor partner, Martin Marietta, are resurfacing 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. I-76 is currently 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 this summer. All I-76 work is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

This project also includes asphalt pavement rehabilitation along most of US 34 from I-76 to CO 71 south. Bridge repairs and curb ramp upgrades will be complete in advance of asphalt paving. Major concrete work is planned in downtown Brush. 

PROJECT INFORMATION

For additional information about this project, contact the project team. 

Project hotline: 970-427-4005

Project email: [email protected]

Project web page: https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-us-34-fort-morgan-brush-resurfacing

Construction alerts: Text CONSTRUCT to 21000

and sign up for updates at https://www.codot.gov/projects/i-76-us-34-fort-morgan-brush-resurfacing. For information on travel conditions visit COTrip.org, sign up for GovDelivery, or call 511. Updates are also available via Twitter @coloradodot and CDOT’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/coloradodot.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Be patient!

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, road maintenance and construction continues on CDOT projects with social distancing and other health safety measures to reduce COVID-19 exposure on the worksite. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced guidelines for construction activities. The public is urged to join the campaign for #DoingMyPartCO by practicing social distancing, wearing face masks, staying at home when possible, and avoiding nonessential travel. With fewer vehicles on the roads, CDOT crews will be able to work more efficiently and safely.  

WHOLE SYSTEM. WHOLE SAFETY.  

Last year, CDOT announced its Whole System — Whole Safety initiative to heighten safety awareness. This initiative 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.

ABOUT CDOT

CDOT has approximately 3,000 employees located throughout Colorado, and manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway and 3,429 bridges. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of other agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also administers Bustang, the state-owned and operated interregional express service. Gov. Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal mobility options.  

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