Construction season grinds to a halt

More of the same expected for 2014

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The busiest road construction season in Highlands Ranch history is grinding to a halt and Douglas County Traffic Engineer Darrell Roberts says the county should be done with its last stretch of work, along Lucent Boulevard and Plaza Drive, by Dec. 1.

“All of the contracted maintenance work scheduled in Highlands Ranch for 2013 is complete except the grinding contract,” Roberts said. “If the weather holds we think most of the grinding will be complete, however the replacement of all joint sealants will need to be completed next spring.”

The county got behind schedule due to this fall’s heavy rains, but likes its chances at completing the grinding work this month. The sealant work is expected to take place between April and June 2014 on all of the arterial roads the county did concrete work on this year, including Highlands Ranch Parkway between Fairview and Santa Fe, Lucent from C-470 to Broadway and Plaza Drive from Lucent to Broadway.

As per next year, more concrete replacement work and grinding work is being planned for Highlands Ranch on Broadway between Highlands Ranch Parkway and Wildcat Reserve, on Dad Clark from Broadway to University, on Colorado from County Line to Fairview, and on a short stretch of Quebec south of C-470.

The removal and replacement of broken concrete panels will take place from May 1 to Aug. 1 on those roads and the follow-up grinding work will span July 1-Oct. 15, Roberts said. Sealant work on those roads will likely take place the following spring.

“The good news is a lot of (roads) have already had concrete repairs in previous years so we don’t anticipate a lot of time consumption for that part of the project,” Roberts said. “There will be more grinding work, which helps to smooth out the roads, but that is a lot quicker movement through the traffic control zones.”

Roberts also expects vehicles to be able to move through cone zones faster next year.

“We had some real long cone zones this year and we are going to restrict the contractor to shorten those up so that as you come to a cone zone you will be able to get through it quicker and open back up,” he said. “It may cost us a little extra money because of the sequencing but it will reduce the impact on the travelling public.”

Between 2006 and 2012 Douglas County spent a grand total of $21.6 million on Highlands Ranch roads. According to Roberts, $18.4 million of a budgeted $18.9 million was spent in 2013. Another $13.4 million is slated for concrete and asphalt work in 2014. That number does not include capital improvement projects.

For more information on specific projects, please visit www.douglas.co.us and search Highlands Ranch construction. 

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