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HIGHLIGHTS & CLOSURES
Paving on Yampa Street was completed earlier this week. The entire stretch of the road was milled and paved from 5th to 12th Streets. The paving portion completes the final major enhancement to Yampa Street during the three year improvement project.
Yampa Street will be striped in early June along with other city streets after all milling and paving is complete.
EMERALD PARK ACCESS & RAILROAD CROSSING
This past week, United Companies restarted work on the Emerald Park Access construction project. The first phase focuses on the reconstruction of the intersection of Emerald Park Lane and Lincoln Avenue, which is expected to run until mid-June. Highway 40 (Lincoln Ave) work includes reconstruction of the median, placement of additional drainage and restriping.
For the work week following the holiday, Lincoln Avenue will continue to be reduced to one lane in either direction at the Emerald Park/US 40 intersection. The travelers should expect traffic delays, especially during peak commuting periods.
When one lane is closed, please use the full two lanes up to the merge point. Then take turns with other drivers to safely and smoothly ease into the remaining open lane. By following this process, dangerous lane switching, inconsistent driving speeds and long back-ups that block intersections can be significantly reduced.
Users of the Emerald Park fields and the Botanic Park can expect to see work within the parking lot near Pamela Lane. During construction activities, there will be times when up to half of the parking lot could be closed. Parking along Pamela Lane is not allowed by park users. In addition, the new crossing is not complete and is not open for public use, even for pedestrians. Using the new crossing area to access the park is considered trespassing and those using that area to cross the railroad tracks could be subject to enforcement.
LINCOLN AVENUE SIGNAL UPGRADES
Over the past few weeks, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has begun work on upgrades and retiming of the signals along US40 throughout town. These upgrades include improved computer hardware that run the signals and is in anticipation of signal timing reprogramming along the US40 corridor.
The new hardware does result in some alterations of how the signals operate. Motorists may note some variations to the signal timing that they are accustomed to experiencing. CDOT crews are aware and will be working to smooth these differences out as the new hardware is implemented.
Some notable changes that motorists can expect to see is a change in how the Pine Grove/US40 intersection left turn arrow works from eastbound US40 onto Pine Grove Road. There will no longer be a green arrow before and after the red signal on US40.
In June, a new signal timing plan will be programmed into the entire system. As part of the project, there may also be some changes and alterations of the signal arrangements with the most notable changes being additional red left turn arrows, the addition of bicycle detection at select intersections, and enhanced vehicle detection.
US40/RABBIT EARS PASS
The project started on April 30, 2018, with crews beginning to repairing and resurfacing more than 12 miles of US 40, between Walton Creek Road (mile point 135.3) to the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass (mile point 147.5) as part of a $6.4 million contract with United Companies. In addition, work replaces a drainage culvert east of the summit (mile point 151.92).
Those interested in staying up to date on the US 40 Rabbit Ears Pass project and work schedule can do so by visiting the project web site at (click on the ALERTS icon in the upper right corner, follow the instructions to sign up for “US 40 Rabbit Ears Pass Repair& Resurfacing” under the Projects list). The public information line is 970.819.6333 and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Beall, City Engineer, 970.871.8293 or email