Colorado Public Works Journal, Spring-Summer 2019

2019 Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards Reconstruction of Weld County Road 47 was the 3rd and final phase to complete the County’s Weld County Road 49 Corri- dor, providing a north-south alternate to I-25 and US 85 from I-76 to State High- way 392. This was the largest project designed completely in-house by the County and expanded the existing 2-lane asphalt road with ditches on both sides to a 4-lane concrete roadway with a 16ft general purpose center lane, acceleration and deceleration lanes at intersections, median guardrail and a new irrigation system critical to farmers. To complicate the project, approximately eight private parcels needed to be ac- quired to begin the relocation of utilities and allow access to the irrigation system. Public traffic was detoured, allowing the road to be completely closed for construc- tion, and this provided a safer construction zone while expediting the project sched- ule. Weld County Road 47 reopened in July 2018, five months ahead of schedule. CATEGORY — County Roads Weld County Road 47 – WCR 60.5 to SH 392 24 Colorado Public Works Journal