DENVER (CBS4) – A big construction project has shut down all southbound lanes of South Broadway near Interstate 25 for the weekend. It’s just one of many big projects getting underway.
Spring means construction season along the Front Range. Officials say it’s just the beginning of what is shaping up to be a very busy summer for road work.
“I pretty much stick to about a 4-mile radius, so I try not to drive in it,” a driver told CBS4.
Some of the most notable projects in the Denver metro area belong to the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“We have secured funding for all of these projects and it’s very important for us that as soon we secure funding that we do begin that work and get it done as quickly as possible,” Crystal Morgan with CDOT said.
Morgan says there are a lot of projects in the works this summer. Starting this weekend drivers will see full closures of some of the area’s major roadways.
Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday all lanes of U.S. 6 will shut down between Federal and Sheridan boulevards and will reopen Sunday at 7 a.m.
“These roads are congested, and with the increase that we are seeing in folks heading to this area to the beautiful state of Colorado, we are seeing a huge influx of people coming to the area, so we want to get these roads done before the winter season,” Morgan said.
Denver Public Works is also rerouting drivers in Denver. Storm sewer work that started Friday night has shut down a section of South Broadway from Alameda to Alaska avenues until 5 a.m. on Monday.
Also seeing delays will be University Boulevard and East 1st Avenue where city crews are working to improve the intersection.
Drivers are hoping the trouble now will be worth it in the long run. Detours will be in place for all of the major closures, but drivers should plan accordingly.
LINK: CDOT Projects