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More construction to add to traffic congestion in Cherry Creek North

DENVER — If you drive past the Cherry Creek Mall, you have noticed all the construction and you know it’s congested. On Monday, the drive is about to get worse as a new portion of the project will cause major delays.

It’s already bad at East First Avenue and University Boulevard. Now you can add East Third Avenue and University to the list as University is down to one lane and a slower drive in the area is expected.

Crews started work Sunday, ripping out the roadway and pouring in new concrete. Through the cone zone is bumper-to-bumper traffic. For years this area has dealt with flooding when it rains, and Denver Public Works is hoping to fix this by improving the storm drains and building a better roadway.

The project has been a headache for drivers, but road crews are making progress.

“Doing these improvements, we know it’s impactful work,” said Nancy Kuhn of Denver Public Works. “We know it’s an impactful project, but we’re trying to get in and out as quickly as possible.”

“At Whole Foods they are offering free three-month delivery of groceries, and I think part of the reason they are doing that is because of how hard it is to get out of Whole Foods right now,” shopper Julie Sheker said.

Paving at Third and University is expected to wrap up by Tuesday morning. The Cherry Creek storm sewer and street reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed in November, with paving work wrapped up in October ahead of the holiday shopping season.

Expect more delays Tuesday through Thursday when crews shut down two lanes of westbound First Avenue as Excel will be doing work in the area that will reduce traffic to one lane.