US DOT has allocated a $54 million loan to Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to extend express lanes by 10 additional miles on US 36 from Pecos Street to the Interlocken Loop exit in Broomfield. The US 36 extension project consists of a 10-mile segment from the northern end of the existing reversible I-25 Express Lanes towards Boulder in the northwest.
The scope of work includes construction of one new managed, high-occupancy-vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction and the reconstruction of the general purpose lanes for a total of six lanes.
Upon completion, the new and improved US 36 will reduce journey time to 25 minute for motorist travelling between Boulder and Denver.The new lanes will provide additional bus service on US 36 and will build a pathway for bicycles and pedestrians.
The work will commence by next year.The Department’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) programme provided the $54 million loan toward the total project cost of $307 million.
The Regional Transportation District will contribute about $120 million for the express-lane extension, and the balance of the money which is about $133 million will come from other local, state and federal funding sources.