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Edison Street now open through downtown Brush

Edison Street (US Highway 34) through downtown Brush opened yesterday after a nine-week closure for major road work. The Colorado Department of Transportation and the contractor team led by Martin Marietta were able to expedite work while the road was closed and eliminated at least two months of construction impacts in downtown Brush.

Four city blocks between Custer Street and Colorado Avenue were reconstructed from the subgrade up with new concrete. Drivers may notice a temporary driving surface on westbound Edison Street approaching Colorado Avenue. CDOT is working with a private utility to lower a gas line. Once the conflict is resolved, the contractor will place the final pavement while maintaining traffic on Edison Street. Intermittent lane closures are possible for several weeks for finishing work.

The work in downtown Brush is part of the Interstate 76 and US 34 resurfacing project. Since early April 2020, the contractor team has milled and paved back the right lanes of I-76 and all ramps connections in two separate work zones near Fort Morgan and Brush. Traffic is now on new pavement while work is underway in the left lane. Before paving started, repairs were made to several I-76 bridges. New guardrail and bridge railing are also part of the project. All I-76 work is expected to be finished in 2020.

More than 40 curb ramps have been upgraded on US 34 in Fort Morgan and Brush. Bridge repairs are complete at three locations. Martin Marietta has also started paving US 34 between Fort Morgan and Brush. Once I-76 paving is complete, crews will move to US 34 between I-76 and Acco Road in Fort Morgan to place an asphalt overlay.

Weekly construction updates are posted on the project website for each of the active work zones. Construction is weather-dependent, and the schedule is subject to change.