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6th Avenue Closures Now Mean Safer Roads Later

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DENVER (CBS4)- A large construction project along 6th Avenue will keep traffic from moving along for a while but the end result will be safer roads.

Starting next week 6th Avenue will be closed for an entire weekend from Interstate 25 to Sheridan Boulevard while crews work on the Knox Court and Federal Blvd. bridges.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The entire project will cost $98 million. The project will replace five bridges along 6th Avenue between Knox Court and I-25.

While drivers will be dealing with closures and rerouting it will mean safer roads once the project is complete.

The goal of the project is to improve traffic between 6th Avenue and the I-25 interchange at the spot where it is usually challenging for drivers.

That stretch will be closed for three days staring Feb. 7 at 9 p.m. During the weekend closure crews will work through the night to remove a portion of the Federal Blvd. bridge.

Part of the project includes reconstructing Barnum Park.

“All of Barnum east is going to be replaced… new baseball field, fencing, parking lot, restrooms and multi-purpose athletic field,” said Cramer contractor Mike Ingram.

During the closure traffic is urged to use Highway 285, I-70 or C-470 while local traffic can use Alameda or Colfax as detours.

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