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August 22nd, 2014

Major Milestone

Another major milestone was accomplished today with the opening of 2nd Avenue to two way traffic between Josephine and the Whole Foods-Clayton Lane parking garage driveway. Work in that area on drain inlets and street paving will continue to take place over the next few weeks so lane shifts and short term lane closures will be required.

Upcoming Paving and Lane Closures

The east half of the 3rd and University intersection will be closed Sunday afternoon, August 24th, for paving. The closure is scheduled to be re-opened on the new Fast Track concrete in time for rush hour Tuesday morning. South bound University will be reduced to one lane. Alternatives southbound routes into the district or through the area are suggested. Alternative routes into the district include 1st Avenue, 5th Avenue, and 6th Avenue. Alley access will be maintained.

The lane closure will extend south to facilitate paving at 2nd and University. One south bound lane will remain open south to 1st Ave.

Additional paving is planned for north bound University at Cherry Creek North Drive and near 1st Avenue. No additional lane closures are required for these operations.

2nd Avenue between Josephine and University is now closed for construction of the storm drainage pipe and inlets in that area. Two lanes are scheduled to re-open to traffic on September 5th. All of 2nd Avenue from the Whole Foods-Clayton Lane driveway to University should be completed and fully open around the end of September. Access to US Bank Building and 210 University, bank drive-up facilities, and parking garage will remain open from University and from Josephine north of 2nd Avenue.

All businesses will remain open and accessible. Details and duration of the construction plans, schedules and closures are subject to change and delays should be expected during construction. **

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we complete these important infrastructure improvements for our City.**Work schedules and plans are subject to change based on conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Quick Construction Look Ahead

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August 24th – 26thReduction of south bound University traffic to one lane to facilitate concrete paving at 3rd and 2nd and University. Use 6th, 5th or 1st to access the CCN BID and Whole Foods. Lanes will reopen on Tuesday the 26th by 7am for rush hour. Overnight work will be required. North bound Josephine will be able to access 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
August 14th – September 30thStreet closure to install storm drainage pipe and inlets; prepare for paving and place concrete paving in 2nd Avenue between University and Josephine. South entrance to US Bank closed; University and Josephine entrances open. Street scheduled to be fully open by the end of September.
August 14th – September 26thEastern lanes of north bound Josephine between 2nd and 3rd Avenues will be closed for preparation and installation of new concrete. Between September 5th and September 26th, this block of Josephine will be reduced to one lane to complete the concrete paving. Lanes closed will shift as needed due to concrete paving operations.

*** Work plans and dates are subject to change due to conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Top 5 Questions & Answers

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1. Who is funding and completing the improvements? The project is being funded and constructed by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works through funds approved by voters as part of the Better Denver Bond program and by Wastewater Management’s Capital Improvement Program.

2. What is the schedule? The first phase of the project began in early January 2014 and is planned to be completed in late 2014, weather permitting. A request for a noise variance to allow for longer hours was granted.

3. Will streets remain open to traffic? Through traffic will generally be maintained in all directions; however some street and lane closures, detours and potential delays should be expected during construction. South of 2nd Avenue the work plan is to maintain two through lanes in both directions when possible however as the right of way narrows north of 2nd Avenue, one lane in each direction will be maintained during the street reconstruction. An occasional full street closure may be required to construct the improvements.

4. How do I find out more information? Please see the Contact information provided on this page to sign-up for updates or ask specific questions.

5. Will businesses be accessible? Yes. All businesses will be open and accessible and access will be preserved to all off-street parking facilities at all times although alternative access points or routes may be required temporarily to facilitate the improvements.

All major events are going on as planned including the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. Using night work, the remaining drainage and paving work will utilize night work to expedite completion in the 2nd Avenue and Josephine areas to the extent possible. Night work is expected to substantially reduce the number of phases and days of major traffic impacts in the busy 1st Avenue and University Blvd. intersection.

Project Update Briefs

August 22nd, 2014

Major Milestone

Another major milestone was accomplished today with the opening of 2nd Avenue to two way traffic between Josephine and the Whole Foods-Clayton Lane parking garage driveway. Work in that area on drain inlets and street paving will continue to take place over the next few weeks so lane shifts and short term lane closures will be required.

Upcoming Paving and Lane Closures

The east half of the 3rd and University intersection will be closed Sunday afternoon, August 24th, for paving. The closure is scheduled to be re-opened on the new Fast Track concrete in time for rush hour Tuesday morning. South bound University will be reduced to one lane. Alternatives southbound routes into the district or through the area are suggested. Alternative routes into the district include 1st Avenue, 5th Avenue, and 6th Avenue. Alley access will be maintained.

The lane closure will extend south to facilitate paving at 2nd and University. One south bound lane will remain open south to 1st Ave.

Additional paving is planned for north bound University at Cherry Creek North Drive and near 1st Avenue. No additional lane closures are required for these operations.

2nd Avenue between Josephine and University is now closed for construction of the storm drainage pipe and inlets in that area. Two lanes are scheduled to re-open to traffic on September 5th. All of 2nd Avenue from the Whole Foods-Clayton Lane driveway to University should be completed and fully open around the end of September. Access to US Bank Building and 210 University, bank drive-up facilities, and parking garage will remain open from University and from Josephine north of 2nd Avenue.

All businesses will remain open and accessible. Details and duration of the construction plans, schedules and closures are subject to change and delays should be expected during construction. **

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we complete these important infrastructure improvements for our City.**Work schedules and plans are subject to change based on conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Quick Construction Look Ahead

August 24th – 26thReduction of south bound University traffic to one lane to facilitate concrete paving at 3rd and 2nd and University. Use 6th, 5th or 1st to access the CCN BID and Whole Foods. Lanes will reopen on Tuesday the 26th by 7am for rush hour. Overnight work will be required. North bound Josephine will be able to access 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
August 14th – September 30thStreet closure to install storm drainage pipe and inlets; prepare for paving and place concrete paving in 2nd Avenue between University and Josephine. South entrance to US Bank closed; University and Josephine entrances open. Street scheduled to be fully open by the end of September.
August 14th – September 26thEastern lanes of north bound Josephine between 2nd and 3rd Avenues will be closed for preparation and installation of new concrete. Between September 5th and September 26th, this block of Josephine will be reduced to one lane to complete the concrete paving. Lanes closed will shift as needed due to concrete paving operations.

*** Work plans and dates are subject to change due to conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Top 5 Questions & Answers

1. Who is funding and completing the improvements? The project is being funded and constructed by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works through funds approved by voters as part of the Better Denver Bond program and by Wastewater Management’s Capital Improvement Program.

2. What is the schedule? The first phase of the project began in early January 2014 and is planned to be completed in late 2014, weather permitting. A request for a noise variance to allow for longer hours was granted.

3. Will streets remain open to traffic? Through traffic will generally be maintained in all directions; however some street and lane closures, detours and potential delays should be expected during construction. South of 2nd Avenue the work plan is to maintain two through lanes in both directions when possible however as the right of way narrows north of 2nd Avenue, one lane in each direction will be maintained during the street reconstruction. An occasional full street closure may be required to construct the improvements.

4. How do I find out more information? Please see the Contact information provided on this page to sign-up for updates or ask specific questions.

5. Will businesses be accessible? Yes. All businesses will be open and accessible and access will be preserved to all off-street parking facilities at all times although alternative access points or routes may be required temporarily to facilitate the improvements.

All major events are going on as planned including the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. Using night work, the remaining drainage and paving work will utilize night work to expedite completion in the 2nd Avenue and Josephine areas to the extent possible. Night work is expected to substantially reduce the number of phases and days of major traffic impacts in the busy 1st Avenue and University Blvd. intersection.

Why is the project needed?

The Cherry Creek Improvements project includes storm sewer improvements on University Boulevard from Cherry Creek North Drive to East 2nd Avenue and Josephine Street and street reconstruction of University Boulevard from Cherry Creek Drive North to East 6th Avenue. The storm drainage improvements are needed to help reduce the frequency of flooding in the area. Construction for the initial phase of the project (2014) will install the new drainage pipe from the outfall to 2nd and Josephine as pictured.

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What is the schedule?

January 2014: Storm drainage improvements began near Cherry Creek North Drive with storm water pipe installation traveling north in the easternmost lane of northbound University Boulevard towards 1st Avenue.

Spring 2014: University Boulevard street reconstruction began.

Late 2014: Planned completion for initial phase storm drainage and street improvements.

*The schedule is weather dependent

Want to Contact Us?

If you have specific questions or want to be added to our list of email contacts to receive periodic updates please call or email us using “Cherry Creek Improvements” in the subject line.

Public Information Contact
Richard (Dick) Marshall

rkmarshall4488@gmail.com
303-324-6961

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