Denver road projects unhindered by chilly temps

A look at Colorado Boulevard at 17th Avenue.
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Crews will be replacing some piping along Colorado Boulevard throughout December and just finished repainting crosswalk markers on Speer Boulevard.

The work on Colorado actually started back in October but won't be completed until May of 2018, according to a spokesperson for Denver Water. Contracted crews began working on Oct. 18 to repair piping on Colorado from Colfax Avenue up to 26th Avenue.

It's all part of an initiative by Denver Water to replace worn and failing water pipes throughout the Mile High City.

Denver Water crews work 24/7, 365 days a year - sun or shine, so despite falling temperatures, expect to see crews replacing pipes along Colorado Boulevard throughout the winter months.

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The cold weather actually makes it a little easier for crews to work on water projects, according to a city spokesperson. Water use is lower, so it's easier to take a water plant offline. It's the reason the project was scheduled for the colder half of the year.

The repair schedule for Colorado is as follows:

Overnight, Sunday thru Thursday:
One northbound lane and two southbound lanes will be the only ones open from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Monday thru Friday:
Two northbound lanes and all the southbound lanes will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

No interruptions are scheduled during morning and evening commutes; from 5 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Denver Public Works just finished restriping crosswalks along Speer from Downing to 32nd Avenue - a project they do every three years depending on the wear of the paint. The point is to make it easier for drivers to know when pedestrians will cross the roads, a spokesperson for Public Works told NEXT.

In all, 17 crosswalks were repaired, the city says. It took about two hours to repaint each crosswalk. The work's already wrapped up but caused some minor traffic delays as crews shut down some lanes on Speer during their work.