Construction on Ralston Road will begin mid-February as phase one of a two-part project gets underway. Phase one of the city’s Ralston Road Widening Project will alter the road between Upham and …
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Construction on Ralston Road will begin mid-February as phase one of a two-part project gets underway.
Phase one of the city’s Ralston Road Widening Project will alter the road between Upham and Yukon streets. Currently, the road has two nine-foot lanes each way and a center turn lane. After the project, travel lanes will be 11 feet wide and the center turn lane will be 12 feet, said infrastructure communications manager Rachael Kuroiwa.
The project will also add a pedestrian path, eight feet wide, on the side of the road, create curb gutters and upgrade the signal at Olde Wadsworth Boulevard.
The city has planned for phase one construction to be complete within one year, with a budget of roughly $4.5 million. The project is partly financed through city funds and partly grant-funded through the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), Kuroiwa said.
Throughout construction, “the goal is to maintain one lane in each direction, however, there may be times when we need to do full closures to expedite construction,” Kuroiwa said. The city will communicate these full closures well in advance, she said.
She encouraged residents to continue frequenting businesses in the area, which were previously compensated when the city purchased right-of-way property in the area, she said. The city will ensure all businesses can be accessed throughout the project.
Some bus stops will be affected. Residents should visit the RTD website and sign up for RTD’s rider alerts to get more information on specific routes, Kuroiwa said.
Phase two of the project, funded through bonds, will see Ralston updated from Yukon to Garrison Street. Construction will begin near the end of this year and last until early 2022, Kuroiwa said.
Improvements will be similar to those in phase one, including a pedestrian path and upgraded traffic signals, while also adding trees and planters, she said.
“We are really encouraging people to plan ahead and consider alternate routes. If you live close to a G Line neighborhood station, consider the G Line,” she said. “These projects are part of our comprehensive plan. We’re trying to create a safe infrastructure for the future of Arvada.”
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