DENVER - A U.S. 6 off-ramp that was slated for closure will stay open after neighbors said the ramp is used often and "loved."
Sixth Avenue is undergoing a major facelift between Interstate 25 and Perry Street. Multiple bridges are being torn down and rebuilt and new ramps are being constructed.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said it needs to close the Lowell/Perry bridge during construction and was considering closing it permanently.
"The fact is, the way the road is going to be reconfigured, we're going to have to do something with Lowell/Perry," said CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford. "The way the new road will be configured, we're running into some safety issues as cars try to merge and get off the ramp."
However, neighbors want it left open. Overall, out of 320 total responses, about 73 percent of respondents favored leaving the ramp open permanently, CDOT said.
"What we learned is that this off-ramp is used often and loved by many residents in the area and, ultimately, they want it left open," Ford said.
“We made the determination that, while it would make for a better flowing US 6 to close the ramp permanently, it does not need to close as part of this project,” said Kevin Sullivan, CDOT Project Director. “The community came back to us and made their wishes clear and, fortunately, we are in a position to be able to accommodate them.”
Neighbors will see the ramp closed while westbound U.S. 6 traffic is shifted to the south side of the highway. Traffic will remain in that alignment for about six months while work is done on the north side of the highway.
While the off-ramp is closed for construction, motorists will need to use Federal or Sheridan boulevards to access their neighborhood.
The $98 million US 6 Bridges Design-Build Project will replace six obsolete bridges on US 6 between Knox Court and I-25. Substantial project completion is planned for August 2015.