LAKEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The Colorado Department of Transportation will be closing 6th Avenue over the weekend from Interstate 25 to Sheridan Boulevard to work on bridges.

The project will replace five bridges between Knox Court and I-25 that are considered obsolete.

The section will close at 9 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

The entire cost of the project is $98 million. The work was originally slated to begin last week but had to be delayed because of winter weather.

“It’s a little more of a blessing is kind of what we’re looking at when looking at the weather. This is a holiday weekend and we do have a lot of travelers heading up the mountains on I-70 and they do head back down but this weekend they tend to spread out the number,” said Crystal Morgan from CDOT.

“We we’re looking at the numbers and as opposed to a normal weekend when a lot of the traffic heads back down on Sunday, these folks are going to come back down Saturday, Sunday and Monday.”

After the closures and detours drivers will enjoy safer roads and hopefully an easier commute.

Drivers are encouraged to use Highway 285, I-70 or C-470 as detours until 6th Avenue reopens.

When the lanes reopen on Monday there will be cones in those areas narrowing the lanes. Knox Bridge will remain closed for three months.

Bryant Street on and off ramps will be closed for about a year.

The bridge over Federal Blvd. will be reduced to two lanes in each direction.

The majority of the project is expected to be completed by August.


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