Rebuilding Exit 26 begins today

The big reconstruction of Exit 26 at Interstate 70 gets under way today, with the start of a preparatory project that will realign 22 Road — a spot eyed for at least two future truck stops.

About one-third of a mile along U.S. Highway 6 will be rebuilt, between Valley Court and the Exit 26 Interchange. Traffic will still be able to travel through the work area in both directions, but lanes will be shifted and speeds will be reduced to 35 mph.

The intersection will be moved 500 feet west of its existing location, and city engineers said that spacing with nearby I-70 interchange ramps will be lengthened. A new road will link Valley Court with 22 Road as part of the overall project.

The realignment is a precursor to CDOT’s plan to build a “diverging diamond” at Exit 26, a project that will start in July.

Along with what engineers call safety and traffic flow improvements to the interchange, the city is also soliciting applications for two separate truck stops in the project area, both north and south of U.S. Highway 6 at 22 Road.

M.A. Concrete was awarded the city’s 22 Road realignment project, a contract for $3.8 million.

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