DENVER -Traveling next weekend in and around the Denver metro area may take a bit of planning.
The Colorado Department of Transportation will be closing the 6th Avenue Freeway from Sheridan Boulevard to Interstate 25 for three days while they demolish the Knox Court Bridge and the bridge above 6th Avenue at Federal Boulevard.
Feb. 7 will be the start of the 17-month construction project to improve overall safety for commuters.
During the time of the closure, crews will not only demolish the two bridges, but they'll be realigning traffic patterns. When it reopens, detours will be in place so crews can continue their work.
Project manager Kevin Sullivan says in addition to repaving roads and building new bridges, crews will add a pedestrian walkway to Barnum Park. Crews will also put in a new turf field and new trails for residents to enjoy.
"We'll also do a little bit of work on I-25 under the 6th Avenue Bridge, new ramp work at the I-25 interchange," Sullivan said.
The goal is to tear down the bridges that are more than 50 years old and build new ones before they start to break down and become dangerous.
Crews will also repave the roads with better quality and longer lasting material.
CDOT officials say they are aware the challenge commuters face when accessing Bryant Street from 6th Avenue, so they will be fixing those areas as well.
"[We're] getting rid of that weave section, [which will] improve operational capacity of 6th Avenue getting to I-25 and getting in and out of downtown Denver," Sullivan said.
CDOT is hoping commuters will be patient and plan their route.
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