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Phase 2 of US 36 project to begin this spring

3:25 PM, Dec 11, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER- If you drive along US 36 from Denver to Boulder, it may seem like the construction is never-ending. 

The good news is that phase one of CDOT's US 36 corridor project is almost over. But phase two is expected to begin in March of 2014.

CDOT says phase two closures and lane restrictions will be the same as phase one. 

There will be overnight road closures and lane restrictions that will vary daily, but there will always be at least one lane open in each direction.

The US 36 corridor project will transform the way you travel along the highway. 

Once construction is complete, commuters will have the option to travel by bike in a bike lane, a HOV lane if you have three or more passengers in your car, an express toll lane, a rapid bus transit lane or two normal lanes as well. 

This is the first multimodal approach to traveling in Colorado and the country.

Phase one started last year. That project goes from Federal Boulevard to 88th street. 

Phase one is expected to be done by the summer. Phase two stretches from 88th street to Table Mesa into Boulder. The entire project will be done by late 2015 or early 2016.

Phase two will include more than road construction. 

CDOT will replace Coal Creek bridge, fix the South Boulder Creek bridge and widen McCaslin Boulevard. 

Even though construction does not start till March, they are currently preparing the corridor. 

The Boulder overlook has been closed to store equipment needed for the spring.

There is a meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. for drivers to learn about lane restrictions and future closures. The meeting is at the West Boulder Senior center on Arapahoe avenue.

CDOT says they understand the construction is an inconvenience, but say the multimodal lanes will be worth the wait.


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