DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Department of Transportation crews are re-routing drivers along Interstate 25 and 6th Avenue after a bridge demolition project that will last the next few nights got underway.
The Denver Nuggets are home Monday and Wednesday nights and when the game ends their fans heading south are going to find themselves mixing into I-25 traffic that is detoured off the highway. It’s all part of an effort by CDOT to make for a safer intersection.
“Safety is a huge part of this project with the congestion and the projected growth in this area,” Crystal Morgan with CDOT said. “There are a lot of accidents in this area.”
CDOT can’t stop all the accidents, but construction this week means double lane closures at 10 p.m. with detours ending well before the morning rush. The detours will allow for demolition of portions of the bridge deck over I-25.
“Really we want to eliminate the tight, tight corners, the weave patterns and make for a smoother exit and entrance onto I-25,” Morgan said.
Currently the intersection is a pinch point and can be a little tricky. CDOT is hoping with the reconstruction they can spread the lanes of traffic and make it safer.
“Part of this project will be to elongate a lot of these traffic patterns,” Morgan said.
Fans leaving the Pepsi Center for south I-25 might want to consider another route.
“Allow for extra time if you’re going to be leaving here,” Morgan said.
CDOT will move southbound traffic onto Federal Boulevard through Thursday night and then back onto south I-25.
The detours will be lifted in the morning this week at 5:30 a.m., but that’s not the last of the 6th Avenue reconstruction. Projects to improve 6th Avenue should be finished in the fall of 2015.
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