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FIRESTONE — The Firestone Boulevard widening project will kick off early this summer and proceed into the fall as the project will now be broken into two parts, according to town officials.
The widening will allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction between Cimarron Street and Birch Street. The first phase will tackle the utility work needed to widen the roadway, and the second phase will be the actual pavement widening.
The Firestone Board of Trustees opted to break the project into two parts after only a single bid was received during the request for proposals earlier this year. That bid came in much higher that town staff estimated, which Town Engineer Dave Lindsay contributes to the increase in construction work in Northern Colorado due to the 2013 flooding.
In a news release announcing the move, the Board of Trustees noted they understand “the construction pressure and rebuilding process, but also wants to continue to be good stewards of taxpayer money. Breaking the project into two pieces will allow the Town to significantly decrease the total cost of the project as compared to the bid received.”
Lindsay said the first project will involve lowering a 12-inch Central Weld County Water District water line in two locations.
“Lowering the water line is necessary so that we can extend a bank of concrete box culverts and a storm pipe on the south side of the roadway near the old dairy,” he said. The water line work should begin by June and is estimated to take two months to complete.
The second piece of the project will include the actual paving of the roadway widening, which should take about a month to complete.