New projects to create construction jobs around Colorado


New projects to create construction jobs around Colorado
New projects to create construction jobs around Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) recently announced a long list of construction projects that will begin this summer across the northeastern part of the state, the Sterling Journal Advocate reports.

In total, CDOT is planning more than 150 miles of construction on highways, which will fuel construction staffing and put many Coloradans back to work. The price tag of the refurbishment plans has grown to $110 million, which will fund construction projects in nearly 10 counties.

"It's certainly going to be a busy summer in our region of the state," said CDOT Regional Director Johnny Olson. "We have a wide variety of projects that will be underway, including an interchange reconstruction at the intersection of two major highways, bridge replacements in multiple counties, much-needed resurfacings, cable rail installations to help prevent crossover accidents, and even a slip repair on Cameron Pass."

Olson added that with the staggering amount of work that lays ahead, the department is making sure the projects are performed as safely and efficiently as possible. The improvements, he says, will help keep Colorado roads in the best possible condition for years to come, the news source stated.

CDOT plans to put to work a number of flaggers and other road maintenance workers, and is beginning a campaign to encourage drivers to keep these workers safe and to drive "Slow for the Cone Zone."

While several construction projects have already begun on northern Colorado roads, CDOT has provided a list of projects that are set to begin in the coming months.

On the U.S. 85 bypass in Greeley, construction workers will begin maintenance on the road between U.S. 34 and 5th Street. The project will entail removing and replacing all pavement on the road, as well as the medians and asphalt shoulders that line the roadway. Workers will also begin projects to widen turn lanes to accommodate greater amounts of traffic every day, while traffic signals will be installed at the intersections of 5th and 6th Streets. Where the bypass crosses the Poudre River, the bridge decks will be outfitted with new, more durable structures, and the railroad tracks that cross the 16th Street will be removed, according to the news source.

Work on I-25, the major artery that runs through Fort Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs, will begin over the Little Thompson River, where bridge reconstruction crews will replace the current steel structure with a more modern concrete bridge to better prepare for flooding of the river, the media outlet stated. The existing bridge was built in 1938, and after decades of corrosion, was recently given a "poor" rating by the CDOT. The project will take place between Mead and Johnstown, and will cost an estimated $1.3 million, funded by the Colorado Bridge Enterprise. Construction workers are expected to begin renovations in September 2012 and complete the bridge by June 2013.

As the economic recovery continues to find stable footing, businesses in a number of industries - in addition to the construction sector - are putting more Americans back to work. In April, the U.S. added 115,000 new jobs, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent, according to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The increase in jobs comes after a jump of 154,000 jobs in March and an average gain of 252,000 per month for December to February. Employment in the construction sector has remained at the high levels that were reached in February as more construction projects begin around the country.