By Ron Nunnari Rnunnari@civitasmedia.com
April 30, 2014
ENGLEWOOD — Brace yourselves folks, for a major traffic snarl is about to plague the Interstate 70 and State Route 48 interchange in Englewood very soon.
URS Corporation is working with John R. Jurgensen Co. on what is known as the Mainline I-70 and State Route 48 design-build project. The project includes 4-miles of widening to both the eastbound and westbound lanes on I-70 between State route 48 and the Airport Access Road.
In addition, the bridges over State Route 48, the Stillwater Scenic River, Meeker Road and Frederick Pike will be reconstructed as well as improvements made to State Route 48 and the I-70/State Route 48 interchange. All of the bridges were originally constructed in 1957 and are in need of an overhaul. Local residents who use the walking/biking path located behind Samaritan North that connects to the Englewood Reserve are familiar with seeing large chunks of concrete that have crumbled off the bridge on the path beneath the bridge spanning the Stillwater River.
State Route 48 will be lowered 18-inches beneath the I-70 overpass, which would require the relocation of some underground utilities.
Also, the westbound on-ramp to I-70 from State Route 48 will be closed for the duration of the I-70 overpass bridge reconstruction.
Englewood City Manager Eric Smith will be attending an all day pre-construction meeting on Tuesday, April 29 at the Eastway Building at 12 W. Wenger Road. After that meeting, more details about the project will be revealed.
Traffic on Main Street and I-70 will be maintained, but no doubt traffic could become a major bottleneck as the project is executed. The project is expected to last nearly two years.