The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin its road improvement project on U.S 85 on Monday, May 3.

According to an official press release via the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), over four miles of northbound and southbound U.S 85 (Mile Points 246 – 250.5) will receive a new asphalt surface. This project will also improve a ditch south of Weld County Road 26, upgrade guardrail, replace bridge railing over Platte Valley Canal, and install new safety enhancements including rumble strips and roadside delineators.

Drivers on U.S. 85 south of Platteville should prepare for road impacts, as frequent lane closures are expected on northbound U.S. 85 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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Rough-riding grooved pavement and uneven lanes will be present throughout the road improvement project. Several mobile construction operations will be used during the construction; the contractor will hold traffic at intersections and driveways while equipment passes through.

Speed limit reductions and width restrictions will be set in place along the construction route, as needed.

“CDOT and US 85 Coalition partners including Weld County and the Town of Platteville have long recognized US 85 as a valuable transportation corridor. We are making investments now to improve safety and the driving experience for all users,” said CDOT Regional Transportation Director Heather Paddock.

Coulson Excavating Company will perform majority of the work from May to November; the project is expected to be complete by Spring 2022. Construction schedules are weather-dependent and subject to change.

For weekly updates and additional information regarding the road improvement project, visit the project's official webpage here.

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