Hwy 24 projects - 31st Street lefts, Ridge Road crossing - could start in June
May 13, 2018
Two projects scheduled on Westside Highway 24 this year may start as early as
June, according to Dave Watt, the Colorado Department of Transportation
(CDOT) resident engineer for the area.
With a green arrow, drivers start turning left
onto 31st Street from eastbound Highway 24 in a recent photo. But a long queue
remains in the turn lane behind them. The state plans to extend the lane to 1,100
feet this summer.
Westside Pioneer photo
Both projects - one at 31st Street, the other at Ridge Road - will affect traffic to
some extent, he said.
One contractor will be hired for both jobs. Once work starts, Watt said CDOT
expects completion within “90 working days” - meaning longer than three
31st Street. The eastbound left turn lane will be increased from 400 feet
to 1,100 feet, he said. Currently, motor vehicles waiting to turn at 31st Street can
back up into the highway's through lane during red lights.
Most of the work will occur at night, with the turn lane staying open in the
daytime, Watt added.
Ridge Road. Temporary barricades (erected by CDOT for safety reasons
last year) will be made permanent. These prevent Ridge drivers from crossing the
highway and require them to turn right. Lefts will still be allowed in either
direction from the highway onto Ridge, Watt said.
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