With the Broadway/C-470 construction project ahead of schedule and anticipated to be complete by Sept. 1, Douglas County engineers are already beginning concrete repair work that will slow traffic down on many major Highlands Ranch roads through the first of November.
“I’m sure everyone has seen the cone zones and some people have been frustrated by them, but we are doing the best we can,” said Douglas County Commissioner Jill Repella, adding that attempts have been made to spread the budgeted work out as much as possible in the community this year.
After spending a combined $21.6 million on road maintenance in Highlands Ranch between 2006 and 2012, the county ramped up its budget for Highlands Ranch road repair in 2013, projecting to spend $18.9 million over the course of the year on the community’s aging streets.
The amount of money being spent on concrete repair and replacement alone is expected to reach $14.3 million this year, up $3.3 million over the total spent the last seven years combined.
The county has begun concrete work already on Highlands Ranch Parkway between Santa Fe Drive and Broadway, and plans to wrap up the first phase of that project by Aug. 5 with an estimated timeline of Sep. 13-25 for the second phase. The other stretch of Highlands Ranch Parkway that will be impacted is from Burntwood Way to Fairview Parkway, with phases of work being done Aug. 6-26 and Sept. 26-Oct. 8.
Stretches of Wildcat Reserve Parkway, McArthur Ranch Road, Lucent Boulevard and Plaza Drive will also see work in August as well as in the fall, with the last phase of work anticipated to be wrapped up Nov. 1.
Other projects include the implementation of a new right-turn lane for westbound Wildcat Reserve Parkway onto northbound Broadway as well as the ongoing Quebec/University/Lincoln intersection project.
Wildcat Reserve Parkway work, which began in late June, is expected to be complete by the end of September. Phase 2 of the Quebec/University/Lincoln intersection work, which will include lane widening at the southeast intersection, is planned for this fall. Future phases, scheduled for 2014, will focus on minor widening of the other three corners in order to accommodate additional through lanes.
For more information on Highlands Ranch construction projects or regular updates, visit www.douglas.co.us and search for Highlands Ranch transportation. Drivers can also receive weekly updates on various projects by tuning into 1620 AM.