Commerce City completes Highway 2 widening project
FINAL TOUCHES OF LANDSCAPING DONE THIS WEEK
After 18 months of construction, Commerce City has completed the Highway 2 improvement project near E. 88th Avenue and Highway 2. The $27 million project widened Highway 2 from two to four lanes between E. 72nd Avenue and Interstate 76, a critical commuter and economic corridor for the region. Crews are in the process of finalizing the landscaping.
“The much-needed widening of Highway 2 enhances safety and brings Commerce City another step closer towards its ‘Quality Community for a Lifetime’ vision,” said Mayor Sean Ford. “Our community is growing at a remarkable pace. This project improves mobility and enhancements to the bike path and pedestrian crossings will make accessing the new recreation center even easier.”
The project also gave Commerce City ownership of this critical community connection as a participant in the Colorado Department of Transportation’s 2013 Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships program, which represented a win-win proposition as the state streamlines maintenance options.
“We are always looking for ways to streamline our maintenance operations and do more with the limited funds we have, so by relinquishing this section of Highway 2 to Commerce City, we are in a better position to focus our maintenance efforts on other critical transportation corridors,” said CDOT Executive Director Mike Lewis.
Other upgrades along this 6.5-mile stretch of Highway 2 include in-pavement LED markers to better delineate the lanes, a multi-use path to encourage alternative forms of travel, LED street lights to better illuminate the roadway, dedicated bike lanes and better pedestrian crossings for safer travel on the south end of the project corridor, an improved drainage system, and guardrails along the highway to enhance public safety.
Designed by HDR, Inc., Flatiron Constructors, Inc served as the general contractor, with Atkins, and CH2M providing project and construction management services. Funding for the project was made available through a Colorado Department of Transportation grant, dedicated lottery and transportation funds, and the city’s general fund. Visit www.c3gov.com/highway2 for more information.
Photo: Looking north on Highway 2 just south of E. 96th Avenue. The $27 million project widened Highway 2 from two to four lanes between E. 72nd Avenue and Interstate 76, a critical commuter and economic corridor for the region. A multi-modal path was also part of the project.