Auraria Higher Education Center

RTD West Corridor Construction on the Auraria Campus

February 1, 2011

West Corridor Crews and Union Pacific Rail Road crews continue with the construction of the Burnham Yard lead. Future activities will require the closure of 13th Avenue and Rio Court.

Crews could begin this work as early as Wednesday, February 2, 2011. At that time, 13th Avenue will close between Shoshone Street and Osage Street and Rio Court will close between Old Colfax Avenue and 13th Avenue. Current scheduling indicates that 13th Avenue between Shoshone Street and Osage Street will reopen by late February. However, Rio Court will remain closed throughout the remainder of track construction which could continue through April 2011.

The detour route for this closure is Shoshone Street to Old Colfax Avenue to Curtis Street to 7th Street to Osage Street.

We appreciate your cooperation during this activity and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

 * Scheduled dates are subject to change and are weather dependent. While it’s not anticipated to have crews in the area continuously from now until completion of construction, the phasing of future activities will require crews to be moving in and out from now until West Corridor light rail construction is completed in late 2012.

For more information on the RTD West Corridor project, please visit http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/wc_1

The new Auraria West Light Rail Station is expected to open in August 2011 and West Corridor light rail service will begin in May 2013.

December 17, 2010

Construction activities related to the Regional Transportation District (RTD’s) West Corridor light rail line project will begin on the Auraria Campus on December 20, 2010.  Work is expected to last through fall 2011 and includes the construction of a new light rail station, rerouting of the SE/SW line light rail tracks, building a new section of Curtis Street, building tracks for the West Corridor and removal of the Burnham Yard Lead (the freight train tracks that run adjacent to the existing light rail).

During the semester break (December 20, 2010 – January 17, 2011), work will be happening in Curtis Street and 5th Street.  Lot F will be permanently closed, and Lot B will be reduced in size and the 5th Street entrance will be closed.  The new entrance to Lot B can be seen below – you can access the lot from Old Colfax. 

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Curtis Street will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian access between the existing Curtis Street Train Crossing and Old Colfax Ave from December 20 – 31, 2010.  To access parking areas on 5th Street or the Administration Building, please use Walnut Street.  Curtis Street should reopen to traffic by Monday, January 3, 2011.

5th Street vehicular access will be closed from January 3 – 17, 2011.  The portion of impacted 5th Street is between the existing 5th St Train Crossing (adjacent to the Administration Building) and Old Colfax Ave.  To access Lot B, use Curtis Street.  If going to Parking Lots A, E and G as well as the Administration Building, use Walnut Street.  During this time, pedestrian access will be allowed on the 5th Street sidewalk.

Both 5th Street and Curtis Street will be open when spring semester starts on January 18, 2011.

During the spring semester, RTD will be doing road and track construction in parts of the former Parking Lots B and F.

Please check this web page for updated schedule information as dates are subject to change.

For more information on the RTD West Corridor project, please visit http://www.rtd-fastracks.com/wc_1

The new Auraria West Light Rail Station is expected to open in August 2011 and West Corridor light rail service will begin in May 2013.

If you experience problems with this web page, please contact the AHEC Web Communications office at 303-556-2319 or by e-mail at Freddy.Arck@ahec.edu.

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