Summer road construction mapped out

Time frames unveiled for Highlands Ranch projects

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As Highlands Ranch enters its busiest-ever summer of road construction, Douglas County officials recently unveiled the timelines for the bigger projects.

With three capital improvement projects underway or about to be embarked on, the pavement replacement portion at the Quebec/University/Lincoln intersection is nearing completion and should be done by the end of the month. The rest of the project — involving the narrowing of existing lanes, as well as the addition of turn lanes, bike lanes and through lanes — is expected to take the remainder of the year.

The other major projects, Broadway at C-470, and the Broadway/Wildcat Reserve Parkway intersection project, are both expected to wrap much sooner. The ongoing Broadway/C-470 project should be done by October and the Wildcat project is set to begin in mid-May and take until mid-August to conclude.

The Wildcat project, according to county traffic engineer Darrell Roberts, will involve the construction of a retaining wall to accommodate a right turn at the intersection as well as some pavement reconstruction.  

“From Wildcat north onto Broadway, the road is crumpled pretty badly,” Roberts said. “Hopefully we will have two lanes open in each direction through the reconstruction.”

The bulk of that project, Roberts said, will take place in August, once most other work around Highlands Ranch is complete.

Some of the smaller projects slated include:

• Sidewalk repairs in Districts 113, 87, 25 and 85, from April until June, followed by asphalt overlay projects from mid-June until mid-September.

• Surface treatment projects in Districts 84, 51, 49, 60 and 85, from mid-May until mid-August.

• Major concrete panel repair projects from mid-May until mid-September along Lucent from C-470 to Broadway, along Highlands Ranch Parkway from Santa Fe to University, along Wildcat Reserve Parkway east of Highlands Ranch Parkway, and along McArthur Ranch Road east of Wildcat.

• Major concrete grinding projects from July through October in spots along Highlands Ranch Parkway and Wildcat Reserve Parkway.

The county also intends to complete about $90,000 worth of additional sidewalk repairs, following up on last year’s complaint list. Once those are complete, Roberts said he anticipates they’ll be about two-thirds of the way through the complaint list.

For more information on specific projects, please visit www.douglas.co.us and search Highlands Ranch transportation. Drivers can also receive weekly updates on various projects by tuning to 1620 AM on their radio dials. To see a district map, please visit www.hrcaonline.org.