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New completion date for University/Lincoln and Quebec

Expect extended daily delays in exchange for an overall shorter project duration. Ask your questions at a Live Town Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25

Posted on April 4, 2024 2024News and EventsTransportation

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If you’ve been driving through the intersection of University/Lincoln and Quebec and wondering when construction will ever end, you’ll be glad to know the project is now expected to be completed before school starts in early August – 46 days earlier than originally scheduled. How? Read on.

Construction to improve road quality and safety at the intersection began last year. The original construction schedule was designed to reduce travel time delays by scheduling the heaviest impacts between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The original completion timeframe was fall 2024.

For the contractor to finish early, crews need more time on the road. Starting this week, all directions will be reduced to one through lane 24/7. As construction progresses, additional lanes will open. The time saved installing and removing traffic control daily and longer work hours result in the schedule gain.

“We have heard you. We know you want this project done and over with,” said Commissioner Lora Thomas. “I drive this intersection every day, so I share your frustration. We’re working in partnership with our contractor to compress the schedule for an earlier completion date, but please continue to be patient as our crews complete these much-needed improvements.”

Once completed, drivers will experience improved pavement, a new traffic signal system, additional eastbound and westbound lanes, and a new right-turn-only lane from southbound Quebec Street to westbound University Boulevard. View a rendering of the completed intersection.

What can you do?

How to Join the Live Town Hall
Bring your questions to a Live Town Hall at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 25. There are three ways to join:

About this Project
Douglas County is improving road quality and safety at University/Lincoln and Quebec in Highlands Ranch. A project to rebuild and reconfigure the full intersection began in summer 2023. Work includes a new traffic signal system, raised pedestrian safety islands, additional eastbound and westbound lanes on Lincoln Avenue and University Boulevard, and a new right-turn-only lane from southbound Quebec Street to westbound University Boulevard.

Construction on this $13 million project is expected to be complete in August 2024. Douglas County thanks Douglas County Parks and Recreation, Highlands Ranch Community Association and Highlands Ranch Metro District for their partnership in making this project possible.

For more information about the upcoming work and to stay up to date on construction impacts, please visit our website.

This project is fully funded by Douglas County.

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