Sixth and Laurel roundabout construction begins |

Sixth and Laurel roundabout construction begins

Tom Newland

Here's a view from the new traffic bridge deck, which will separate Interstate 70 and local traffic. The new Sixth and Laurel roundabout, at the northwest end of the bridge, will serve as the local connection point to Sixth Street and north and west Glenwood neighborhoods.
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The new Sixth and Laurel roundabout will connect local traffic to Interstate 70, the new Grand Avenue Bridge and west and north Glenwood neighborhoods. Construction for the roundabout begins Monday and will continue through Aug. 14, when the existing bridge closes.

Crews will begin with the north section and will be in the area for approximately two months. The majority of this work will be in the commercial areas on Sixth and Laurel streets (Subway, Qdoba, Kum ‘n Go). Business access will be maintained during this time.

During this two-month period, crews will work on hardscape (curbs, gutters and sidewalks) and install the first island for the new roundabout. Initially, crews will saw cut the sidewalk and reconstruct the Laurel Street entrance to the roundabout.

The traffic signals and current pedestrian crosswalks will remain functional during this phase of construction. Following construction of the northern section, crews will work on the roundabout section from the abutment of the new Grand Avenue Bridge to the center of the Sixth and Laurel intersection.

Traffic Impacts

Beginning Monday, June 26, for approximately two months, Laurel Street will be converted to a northbound one-way street from Sixth Street to Fifth Street. Motorists on Laurel wishing to access West Sixth Street, Colorado 82 or the Grand Avenue Bridge should use Linden Street as a detour route.

Crews will keep the Sixth and Laurel intersection in its current configuration until the Aug. 14 detour, although some lane closures are anticipated. During the detour, the interchange will be converted to one lane in each direction.

The city parking lot on Laurel Street (on the east side of the Subway building) will be closed during and after construction of the roundabout.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access will be maintained during this time. Pedestrians are advised that there will be heavy construction activity in the Sixth and Laurel intersection. Please pay attention to crosswalk signals, and do not jaywalk.

Additional Impacts

From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. tonight, June 19, through Friday night, June 23, pedestrians will be detoured on the existing temporary walkway that is attached to the Grand Avenue bridge.

From 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday, June 22, anticipate lane closures on Sixth Street between Pine and Laurel streets. Access to Maple Street will be closed during this time.

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