DENVER — A portion of U.S. 6 will close over the weekend as construction on the highway’s bridge project begins, announced the Colorado Department of Transportation Wednesday.
The launch of CDOT’s U.S. 6 Bridges Design-Build Project was originally scheduled to begin Feb. 14. However, due to winter weather conditions, CDOT postponed starting the project until Friday.
U.S. 6 will be closed from I-25 to Sheridan Boulevard, starting at 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday, said CDOT.
CDOT outlined the $98 million project, saying that six outdated bridges on U.S. 6 between Knox Court and I-25 will be replaced. The project also aims to improve traffic in the I-25 and U.S. 6 interchange and make the roadways safer for drivers by removing several, less-than-efficient traffic patterns along U.S. 6 between Federal Boulevard and I-25.
“This project will bring not only needed transportation improvements to west Denver, but it offers the opportunity to help connect neighborhoods on both sides of the US 6 corridor,” said Denver City councilman Paul Lopez.
During the weekend closure, CDOT said crews will work around the clock to take down the Knox Court Bridge, remove part of the Federal Boulevard Bridge, relocate an overhead power line and remove 7,000 feet of center median –a temporary barrier will be added to shift traffic to the south side of the roadway.
CDOT asked drivers to take alternative routes while U.S. 6 is closed. Officials recommended using U.S. 285, I-70 or C-470, and asked local traffic to use Alameda or Colfax Avenues.
Upon reopening, drivers can expect narrower lanes shifted to the south, said CDOT.
Official asked commuters to use caution.
For updates on the project, visit ColoradoDot.info.