Colorado Economic Recovery and Accountability

Press Release - Highway 285 Recovery Project Set to Start





September 10, 2009


Bob Wilson, CDOT Public Relations, (303) 757-9431


JEFFERSON COUNTY -- The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins another project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) next week -- the reconstruction of the U.S. 285/South Elk Creek Road intersection -- better known as Shaffers Crossing.

Located about five miles southwest of Conifer, the project involves construction of a grade-separated interchange, including two bridges, retaining walls, animal crossing, entrance and exit ramps, minor road widening, asphalt paving, erosion control, and new guardrail, lighting and signing.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 14. Project hours are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Friday. Initial operations require shoulder closures and occasional traffic stops for truck hauling operations, with only minor delays. A 40 mph speed limit will be in effect at all times, including during non-work hours. Vehicles wider than 12 feet also will be restricted from traveling through the project area.

Blasting operations are expected to begin in the next few weeks, requiring one traffic stop, up to 20 minutes, each day. CDOT will send out an advisory shortly before this phase begins, with specific dates, stop times and other information.

Hudick Excavating Inc., of Castle Rock, CO. is the contractor for the $7.4 million project, all of which is being funded by the Recovery Act. Construction is scheduled for completion in December 2010.

"As one of the main routes serving both Denver and the surrounding mountain area, upgrading mobility and safety on U.S. 285 has and will continue to be, one of our highest priorities," said CDOT Region One Transportation Director Tony DeVito. "The Shaffers Crossing Interchange is another key component to the corridor improvements."

From 1991 to 2003, CDOT widened U.S. 285, in five phases, from two to four lanes between Parmalee Gulch Road and Conifer. In 2007, work was completed on a project that widened approximately two miles of U.S. 285, from two to four lanes, between Conifer (Foxton Road) and Richmond Hill. It included a new interchange at Richmond Hill Road. Currently, a new interchange is nearing completion near Deer Creek, at the intersection of Highway 285 and County Roads 43 and 72.

"The Shaffers Crossing Interchange project will improve safety through the area by eliminating a non-signalized intersection," said CDOT Resident Engineer Steve Harelson. "With nearly 17,000 vehicles, on average, traveling this section of Highway 285 each day, a new interchange will also enhance the traffic flow."

Weekly lane closure information about this project and others will be available at here or by calling 511.

In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects.