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July 25th, 2014

Noise Variance Granted: At a hearing last week with Denver’s Board of Environmental Health, American Civil Constructors was granted a variance to the City’s Noise Ordinance which enabled ACC to shift some of the work from daytime to nighttime hours when traffic volumes are substantially less. The request had a broad level of support from City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, City Councilman Charlie Brown, key Residential Neighborhood Organizations, Residential Condominium Associations, members of the business community including the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District. By performing some of the work at night, the Contractor expects to be able to reduce (but not eliminate) traffic congestion during peak travel times. Some daytime lane closures will still be required especially in the 1st Avenue and University Blvd. intersection. The Contractors are evaluating the overall project schedule with the night work option in place and a reduction in the overall duration of the project seems very likely pending further evaluation. The Contractor has continued to make good progress on both the storm drainage and street reconstruction aspects of the project over the last few days.

East bound traffic entering the Cherry Creek North business district from south bound University will be encouraged to use 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. Details here. 2nd Avenue has been converted to east bound traffic to assist with access to the Whole Foods and Clayton Lane parking facilities and the CCN Business Improvement District east of Josephine.

Street reconstruction is completed now on Josephine from 6th Avenue to 3rd Avenue and is expected to open to two lanes of traffic this weekend. Concrete pavement has now been placed in CCN Drive (north half) and north bound University (east half) from CCN Drive to the Bed Bath and Beyond Driveway.

The Cherry Creek Bicycle Trail under University Blvd was closed again to facilitate work on the University Bridge concrete deck. The trail detour to Cherry Creek Drive South is back in place.

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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July 25th-26thFast Track Concrete Paving on north lanes of Cherry Creek North Drive.
July 27th-28thPrepare for paving and place concrete paving in 1st Avenue and University intersection. MAJOR LANE REDUCTIONS AND TURN LANE RESTRICTIONS will be in place from mid day Sunday to late Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Expect Major Delays. Alternative Routes Suggested. Fully Open Tuesday AM at latest.
July 28th-31stConcrete Curb and Gutter on north bound University and north bound Josephine 1st to 2nd Ave., Continue concrete to 2nd Ave. Open Josephine to traffic on new concrete by Thursday July 31st.
July 30th-31stPossible shift of north bound University to new pavement to facilitate deck removal on Cherry Creek bridge. Lane shifts required but not further lane reductions required.

*** 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 be 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.

Project Update Briefs

July 25th, 2014

Noise Variance Granted: At a hearing last week with Denver’s Board of Environmental Health, American Civil Constructors was granted a variance to the City’s Noise Ordinance which enabled ACC to shift some of the work from daytime to nighttime hours when traffic volumes are substantially less. The request had a broad level of support from City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb, City Councilman Charlie Brown, key Residential Neighborhood Organizations, Residential Condominium Associations, members of the business community including the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District. By performing some of the work at night, the Contractor expects to be able to reduce (but not eliminate) traffic congestion during peak travel times. Some daytime lane closures will still be required especially in the 1st Avenue and University Blvd. intersection. The Contractors are evaluating the overall project schedule with the night work option in place and a reduction in the overall duration of the project seems very likely pending further evaluation. The Contractor has continued to make good progress on both the storm drainage and street reconstruction aspects of the project over the last few days.

East bound traffic entering the Cherry Creek North business district from south bound University will be encouraged to use 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. Details here. 2nd Avenue has been converted to east bound traffic to assist with access to the Whole Foods and Clayton Lane parking facilities and the CCN Business Improvement District east of Josephine.

Street reconstruction is completed now on Josephine from 6th Avenue to 3rd Avenue and is expected to open to two lanes of traffic this weekend. Concrete pavement has now been placed in CCN Drive (north half) and north bound University (east half) from CCN Drive to the Bed Bath and Beyond Driveway.

The Cherry Creek Bicycle Trail under University Blvd was closed again to facilitate work on the University Bridge concrete deck. The trail detour to Cherry Creek Drive South is back in place.

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

July 25th-26thFast Track Concrete Paving on north lanes of Cherry Creek North Drive.
July 27th-28thPrepare for paving and place concrete paving in 1st Avenue and University intersection. MAJOR LANE REDUCTIONS AND TURN LANE RESTRICTIONS will be in place from mid day Sunday to late Monday evening or Tuesday morning. Expect Major Delays. Alternative Routes Suggested. Fully Open Tuesday AM at latest.
July 28th-31stConcrete Curb and Gutter on north bound University and north bound Josephine 1st to 2nd Ave., Continue concrete to 2nd Ave. Open Josephine to traffic on new concrete by Thursday July 31st.
July 30th-31stPossible shift of north bound University to new pavement to facilitate deck removal on Cherry Creek bridge. Lane shifts required but not further lane reductions required.

*** 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 be 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.

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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