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Publish Date: 4/6/2005

Colo. 52 work to resume


LONGMONT — Work on a 6-mile widening and resurfacing project on Colo. Highway 52 is expected to resume next week.

The $4.3 million project to improve Colo. Highway 52 between U.S. Highway 287 and Interstate 25 started last spring and is expected to wrap up in late May.

“Now that we have the widening finished and the temperatures are warmer, we can begin paving,” Colorado Department of Transportation project engineer Gerry Padilla said in a statement Tuesday.

After a winter break, road crews next week will start repaving those 6 miles in asphalt to accommodate increases in traffic on the road, according to CDOT spokeswoman Mindy Crane.

Last year, crews widened six intersections between I-25 and U.S. 287 to make room for left-turn lanes and replaced the traffic signal at Colo. 52 and County Line Road.

Over the next two months, Colo. 52 motorists should expect sections of the road to be shut down to a single lane between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. CDOT officials expect there will be 5- to 10-minute delays and say people in a hurry should use alternate routes.

“I think our option is to have our people find alternate routes,” said IBM spokesman Dan Willis, who said workers who start their days before 8:30 a.m. might be able to avoid the construction in the morning. “I would hope that the result would be an even better 52 which would be great. ... It will definitely impact some people, myself included.”

Jenn Ooton can be reached at 303-684-5295, or by e-mail at jooton@times-call.com.

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