Second phase done on Highway 6&50 project

Construction crews have completed the second phase of the reconstruction of U.S. Highway 6&50 just in time for Black Friday.

Crews put the finishing touches to a section of the highway from 24 3/4 Road to 25 Road on Wednesday, which included final landscaping rock, signs and pavement marking, the Colorado Department of Transportation said.

As a result, speed limits through the area will resume to their normal 45 mph starting today.

Phase III of the reconstruction of the roadway will begin in the spring,and will include similar widening and safety improvements from 25 Road to Rimrock Avenue.

The full project began in April 2011, starting with improvements to the highway between Mesa Mall and 24 3/4 Road.

The second phase of the project, which cost about $4.3 million, called for more than 25,000 square yards of new concrete pavement. It included new auxiliary lanes and frontage road realignment, a new storm sewer system, an updated signal system, utility relocation and new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and landscaping.

“Aside from the obvious benefits of a newly paved surface, the signal and access upgrades and the additional lanes will greatly improve safety and mobility for motorists and pedestrians,” CDOT Region 3 Transportation Director Dave Eller said in a news release. “We are very pleased with the work that has been done and look forward to starting the next phase in 2013.”

The majority of the project was paid for through FASTER funds, which are additional transportation dollars approved by the Colorado Legislature from increased motor vehicle registration fees.


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