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Road Construction Updates

Road Construction Updates
Posted on 09/23/2022

As the city of Aurora improves its infrastructure offerings to its current and future residents, demands for more infrastructure, improvements and repairs also grow. On any given work day, there can be as many as 150 active work zones within the city.

Traffic engineering staff do make an effort to minimize the impact of these work zones to the traveling public. In addition to reviewing and approving the plans to ensure they are safe and compliant with all regulations, staff also work with contractors to seek alternatives to street closures and minimize the number of lane closures and their duration. Staff also try to keep conflicting work zones from overlapping in time or space. In most cases, these efforts are successful. However, on occasion, alternatives are not available and since we are dealing with the outdoor environment, even the best planned projects get delayed by weather, special events or unknown conditions, resulting in confusion and/or unplanned congestion.
    
Please be patient, slow down and respect the workers and equipment required to maintain well-functioning infrastructure in the city.  

Ongoing Roadwork

The 2022 road construction projects map is now posted.

Weekly Roadwork Construction Schedule

Visit this link
 for more information about city of Aurora roadwork.


Other Road Construction Work

Smoky Hill Road lane closures
Smoky Hill Road, in both directions, at Buckley Road will have left-lane closures onto Buckley Road beginning Aug. 22 for 75 days to allow for the construction of additional left turn lanes. No left turns will be allowed. The signed detour for westbound Smoky Hill Road will happen before Buckley Road north on Chambers to Quincy. The signed detour for eastbound Smoky Hill Road will happen past Buckley Road to Chambers Road. In addition, the left through lanes will be closed during the day, reducing capacity. Expect delays; use alternate routes.

Peoria Street at East Sixth Avenue
Eastbound East Sixth Avenue will be minimized to a single left lane at North Del Mar Circle and the far left turn lane from Peoria onto eastbound Sixth Avenue will be closed around the clock through October. The sidewalk along eastbound Sixth Avenue, from North Del Mar Circle through the construction zone, will also be closed. Alternate routes are suggested. 

Scranton closure
Scranton Street may be closed between 25th Avenue and Fitzsimons Parkway through December 2022 for construction activities related to an addition to the Aurora Science and Technology School. Detour is via 24th Avenue and Ursula Street; use alternate routes.

Chambers Road closure
Northbound Chambers Road between Sixth and Eighth avenues will be closed starting June 20 for 122 days while Xcel complete work on a large gas transmission pipeline. Follow the signed detour to Airport Boulevard. Additionally, there will be multiple single and double lane closures on both northbound and southbound Chambers Road between First and Sixth avenues. Expect delays; alternate routes advised. 

Alameda and Peoria closures
The left lane of westbound Alameda Avenue and the eastbound left turn lane onto Peoria Street are closed. Northbound Peoria Street is a single right lane at East Nevada and left turns from southbound Peoria onto eastbound Alameda are prohibited. Alternate routes are suggested for the next 30 days.

Smith Way closure
Smith Way between Smith Road and 19th Avenue will be closed in both directions to through traffic beginning Sept. 1 immediately following the opening up of Smith Way (above) for four weeks to install a new sanitary sewer at Smith Road and Smith Way. Business access will be maintained. A signed detour will be in place using Smith Road, Gun Club Road and 19th Avenue. Expect delays. 

Gun Club between Sixth and Colfax 
Gun Club Road between Sixth and Colfax avenues will be closed until mid-October while a new alignment to Gun Club Road is being constructed. Signed detour is east to Powhaton or west to Picadilly. Expect delays.


Major Road Projects in East Aurora
Significant work is underway in several areas to improve mobility on the east side of Aurora. Visit this story map to learn more (updated July 16, 2021).


CDOT Road Construction Updates

Central I-70 corridor improvements

CDOT is improving the Central I-70 corridor, including work that extends into Aurora.
 
For weekly traffic and construction impacts, visit the website.

View weekly construction updates from the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Changes coming to I-70: Improvements recommended at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins interchanges
               
The area in Arapahoe and Adams counties surrounding the interchanges at I-70/Airpark and I-70/Watkins Road is planned for substantial new development. Arapahoe County is leading a study to proactively identify recommended improvements at each interchange to meet future travel demands. 

Following detailed forecasting of future traffic volumes and patterns, interchange design alternatives were developed and evaluated. The study is now nearly complete, and recommendations were presented at an Aug. 25 virtual public meeting (visit the project webpage to replay the meeting). Improvements at each interchange would likely be constructed in phases to provide adequate traffic operations as the area continues to grow. 

Improvements recommended by this initial study will next need to be evaluated in a formal environmental clearance process before final design and construction can begin. Timing of construction is uncertain since funding for these next steps has not yet been identified. Current projections of area development show initial phases of improvements could be necessary before 2025. Arapahoe County is actively working with local partners to create a funding plan. 

More information can be found at: ArapahoeGov.com/I-70Airpark-WatkinsInterchanges

State Highway 83 (Parker Road) Concrete Panel Replacement
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Ralph L. Wadsworth are conducting work to improve several sections of roadway along Parker Road (State Highway 83) from E-470 to Arapahoe Road. This includes removal and replacement of damaged concrete panels, ADA curb ramp improvements, guardrail improvements, and joint sealing to minimize the effects of surface water infiltration. 

Visit the project website for updates, call the project hotline at 303.569.9945 or email [email protected] for questions.

TRAFFIC: Due to unforeseen circumstances, detours will remain in place on n-bound Gun Club Rd through the pm rush hour & into the evening for work at this site. We'll also need to continue work tmrrow, so detours will be in effect from 8:30am-mid afternoon.

TRAFFIC: Due to unforeseen circumstances, detours will remain in place on n-bound Gun Club Rd through the pm rush hour & into the evening for work at this site. We'll also need to continue work tmrrow, so detours will be in effect from 8:30am-mid afternoon.

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