How CDOT is getting rid of a notorious bottleneck for $100,000

The on-ramp there had a short section where you'd almost think 36 was three lanes, but it cut down to two... causing traffic jams.CDOT says with 100 thousand dollars and two nights of work they've expanded that lane.

KUSA - You don’t need us to tell you that US 36 can be a mess at rush hour.

But, if you’re taking the journey from Denver to Boulder Tuesday morning, you might notice a little bit of relief.

An extended lane is opening that will end a bottleneck in an area just west of Foothills Parkway.

This is an area where three lanes of traffic merge into two – causing some traffic troubles.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says it re-striped the current on-ramp acceleration two more miles, and modified the striping on the existing two lanes – hopefully getting rid of the bottleneck.

CDOT says this project – which cost $100,000 – will save 200 to 700 vehicle hours per day.

“This shows how, by thinking a little differently, we can improve operations despite constrained resources and constrained funding,” said Shailen Bhatt, executive director for CDOT, in a news release.

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