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Utility work underway for expansion of Firestone Boulevard

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By The Staff

FIRESTONE — The orange cone zone has begun on Firestone Boulevard as crews have started the utility portion of the roadway widening project. 

Construction will run throughout the summer and info the fall as the project will be broken into two parts to tackle the utility work and then the actual pavement widening. The roadway widening will allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction between Cimarron Street and Birch Street.

For the utility portion of the project, crews will be lowering the Central Weld county Water District 12-inch waterline to get ready for extension of a box culvert, which will take about four to six weeks from demolition to final grading. During that time crews will also be lowering a shorter piece of the 12-inch waterline and extending an existing 36-inch concrete culvert.

It is estimated that the utility work should be completed by late August. The paving contractors should begin the roadway paving as soon as the utility project is completed.

The Firestone Board of Trustees opted to break the project into two parts in April after only a single bid was received during the request for proposals earlier this year. That bid came in much higher than what Town staff estimated.

Breaking the project into two pieces will allow the Town to potentially significantly decrease the total cost of the project as compared to the bid received.