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Road Construction Updates

Road Construction Updates
Posted on 11/15/2021

As the city of Aurora improves its infrastructure offerings to its current and future residents, demands for more infrastructure, improvements and repairs also grow. On any given work day, there can be as many as 150 active work zones within the city.

Traffic engineering staff do make an effort to minimize the impact of these work zones to the traveling public. In addition to reviewing and approving the plans to ensure they are safe and compliant with all regulations, staff also work with contractors to seek alternatives to street closures and minimize the number of lane closures and their duration. Staff also try to keep conflicting work zones from overlapping in time or space.

In most cases, these efforts are successful. However, on occasion, alternatives are not available and since we are dealing with the outdoor environment, even the best planned projects get delayed by weather, special events or unknown conditions, resulting in confusion and/or unplanned congestion.
    
Please be patient, slow down and respect the workers and equipment required to maintain well-functioning infrastructure in the city.  



Ongoing Roadwork

The 2021 road construction projects map is now available.

Weekly Roadwork Construction Schedule

Visit this link
 for more information about city of Aurora roadwork.


Other Road Construction Work

Peoria Street lane closures
Northbound Peoria Street will be reduced to a single left lane between Sand Creek Park near Fitzsimons Parkway and East 31st Avenue from 8:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, for Aurora Water construction. Alternate routes are suggested.

Havana between Alameda and First
Southbound Havana Street between Alameda Avenue and East First Avenue will be under construction for 60 days. Between Dec. 13 and Jan. 14, southbound traffic will be reduced to two lanes and will be diverted into the center of the road using both the southbound and northbound left-turn lanes. Speeds will be reduced and left turns prohibited. Alternate routes are advised.

Quincy and Richfield
Eastbound Quincy Avenue approaching Richfield Street will be reduced to one lane around the clock from Dec. 8 to Feb. 2 while Aurora Water excavates a new vault, constructs a vault building, relocates the parking lot and installs pipe.

Peoria north of 30th
Northbound Peoria Street will be reduced to one diverted through lane with no left turns from either northbound nor southbound Peoria Street at 30th Avenue from 8 p.m. Dec. 3 until Dec. 10 while Aurora Water completes vault construction. Expect delays; alternate routes are suggested.

Powhaton Road new alignment
Powhaton Road between Sixth Avenue and Alameda Avenue has switched to its permanent alignment. 
-Third Avenue temporary closure
Third Avenue between Powhaton Road and Newcastle Way will be closed until mid-December while they construct the new intersection with the new Picadilly Road alignment. Detour via Sixth Avenue.
-Sixth Avenue temporary closure
Sixth Avenue between Powhaton Road and Newcastle Way will be closed for about three weeks following the opening of the Third Avenue and Powhaton Road intersection (above). Detour via Third Avenue.

Quincy and Richfield
Eastbound Quincy Avenue approaching Richfield Street will be reduced to one lane around the clock from Dec. 8 to Feb. 2 while Aurora Water excavates a new vault, constructs a vault building, relocates the parking lot and installs pipe.

Fitzsimons-Peoria Stormwater Outfall Project
Work is being done to upgrade the stormwater conveyance capacity in the Fitzsimons-Peoria corridor to meet current city standards. When completed, the project will provide improved flood protection to about 230 residents and 40 businesses. Visit Fitz-Peoria.org for details. 

Update: Work continues on Peoria Street where southbound traffic will be one lane only until late December. Use alternate routes.

City of Denver work: Iliff and Parker
Iliff Avenue near the Parker Road intersection will be restricted to one lane each direction from Saturday, Dec. 4, to Sunday, Dec. 5, while the city of Denver restripes Iliff Avenue between the strip mall on the southeast corner of the intersection and Parker Road. This is in preparation for reconstruction of Iliff Avenue on the west side of Parker Road. Once the restripe is complete, traffic will be redirected to a new alignment that will have two westbound through lanes and one eastbound through lane.


Major Road Projects in East Aurora
Significant work is underway in several areas to improve mobility on the east side of Aurora. Visit this story map to learn more (updated July 16, 2021).


Quincy Avenue/Gun Club Road Intersection Improvements
The intersection at Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road has been functioning since the summer with new traffic patterns. The PCFI design was selected because of its efficiency in reducing delays and travel times for busy intersections like Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road. These intersections are primarily different in the turn lane layouts.  

The new left turn crossover lanes were constructed for both northbound and southbound Gun Club Road. Drivers will enter the left turn lane about 1,000 feet before reaching the intersection. Separating the left turn lane reduces wait times and allows more drivers to pass both straight and left through the intersection during each green light. Similarly, bypass right turn lanes were added in all directions, allowing drivers to merge with flowing traffic without stopping at a light. 

The project also includes new E-470 on/off ramps, where a new signal has been placed south of the intersection. All these improvements are intended carry much heavier traffic volumes through this entire area, which is close to E-470, Aurora Reservoir and Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. 


RTD 15L (East Colfax) Route Improvements

RTD is upgrading 37 bus stops between Broadway in Denver and I-225 in Aurora to include enhanced shelters with lighting, security cameras and benches. Other improvements such as queue bypass lanes, bus bulbouts (curb extensions) and expanded boarding areas will be added in key locations along the corridor.

Bus shelter installations occurred during the summer. Telecommunication and electrical installations inside the shelters will continue through the fall. Installation schedules are subject to change. During shelter installations, temporary bus stop closures will be in place. Adjacent stops in the same direction and at the same intersection will not be closed at the same time to accommodate RTD customers. Temporary sidewalk and roadway lane closures also are anticipated while the work is taking place. Please follow all construction and detour signage for your safety. To receive closure updates, sign up for RTD Rider Alerts


CDOT Road Construction Updates

Central I-70 corridor improvements

CDOT is improving the Central I-70 corridor, including work that extends into Aurora.
 
For weekly traffic and construction impacts, visit the website.

Other CDOT updates
Single- and double-lane closures will be in place from 8 p.m. Dec. 9 to 5 a.m. Dec. 10 on northbound I-225 at Alameda and the Alameda southbound ramp onto I-225 will be closed during this time for CDOT bridge repair work.

View weekly construction updates from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Changes coming to I-70: Improvements recommended at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins interchanges
               
The area in Arapahoe and Adams counties surrounding the interchanges at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins Road is planned for substantial new development. Arapahoe County is leading a study to proactively identify recommended improvements at each interchange to meet future travel demands. 

Following detailed forecasting of future traffic volumes and patterns, interchange design alternatives were developed and evaluated. The study is now nearly complete, and recommendations were presented at an Aug. 25 virtual public meeting (visit the project webpage to replay the meeting). Improvements at each interchange would likely be constructed in phases to provide adequate traffic operations as the area continues to grow. 

Improvements recommended by this initial study will next need to be evaluated in a formal environmental clearance process before final design and construction can begin. Timing of construction is uncertain since funding for these next steps has not yet been identified. Current projections of area development show initial phases of improvements could be necessary before 2025. Arapahoe County is actively working with local partners to create a funding plan. 

More information can be found at: ArapahoeGov.com/I-70Airpark-WatkinsInterchanges

State Highway 83 (Parker Road) Concrete Panel Replacement
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Ralph L. Wadsworth are conducting work to improve several sections of roadway along Parker Road (State Highway 83) from E-470 to Arapahoe Road. This includes removal and replacement of damaged concrete panels, ADA curb ramp improvements, guardrail improvements, and joint sealing to minimize the effects of surface water infiltration. 

Visit the project website for updates, call the project hotline at 303.569.9945 or email SH83concretepanel@gmail.com for questions.

TRAFFIC: Due to unforeseen circumstances, detours will remain in place on n-bound Gun Club Rd through the pm rush hour & into the evening for work at this site. We'll also need to continue work tmrrow, so detours will be in effect from 8:30am-mid afternoon.

TRAFFIC: Due to unforeseen circumstances, detours will remain in place on n-bound Gun Club Rd through the pm rush hour & into the evening for work at this site. We'll also need to continue work tmrrow, so detours will be in effect from 8:30am-mid afternoon.

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