Project Update: September 18
Over the past several weeks, the paving operations were completed from the roundabout on Cornerstone Dr. to CO 257. Additionally, signal poles and railroad gates were installed and are currently undergoing wiring, including utility tie-in from Xcel Energy. Lastly, concrete islands have been formed around the signal poles complete with ADA ramps.
In the following week, the newly paved roadway is going to get striped, roadside signage will get installed and the intersection will begin final inspections. Once the town, CDOT, railroad, and utility providers pass the inspections, the intersection will reopen east/west function to traffic, anticipated for the end of September, weather permitting.
After the intersection reopens, crews will continue working on the shoulders and sidewalk pedestrian connections. The temporary detour “shoofly” and signal will also need to be demolished and the area will undergo grading, seeding and cleanup. This restoration process is expected to undergo throughout the month of October and when everything is completed, the project will wrap up three to four months earlier than originally anticipated.
The regular intersection function will be slightly different than before construction. Improvements include wider roadways to allow more space for turning trucks, improved traffic signal coordination and timing, new sidewalks and ADA ramps, designated bike lanes on Eastman Park Dr., a median from the Cornerstone Dr. roundabout to CO 257 and most importantly, improved safety and functionality. Bollard posts will also be installed on the eastern section of the intersection to eliminate the left turn movement from Eastman Park Dr. onto Automation Dr. and vice versa to alleviate further intersection congestion.