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City Engineer Tom Hellen
This week, 65th Avenue north of U.S. 34 Bypass closed through Aug. 7 while the city works to improve the flow of traffic and increase safety at the intersection.
Originally slated for construction last year, delays caused by obtaining state approval forced city officials to push construction back to this year.
Officials decided to completely close 65th Avenue just north of the U.S. 34 Bypass until early August to allow construction to progress faster. Local, emergency, and business access will remain open during all construction. Detours will direct drivers to use 47th and 71st avenues during this closure.
Greeley’s growth and expansion to the west greatly increased traffic and congestion at the 65th Avenue and U.S. 34 Bypass intersection. To alleviate those conditions, the improvements will add three new lanes to the northern side of the intersection.
On the north side of the intersection, 65th Avenue has one lane heading north and three lanes going south — a left turn, a through, and a right turn lane. This expansion will add an additional northbound lane and two more southbound lanes — an additional left-turn lane and another through lane.
Additional dedicated lanes will help increase the safety of this frequently used intersection and should increase smooth and efficient traffic movement. Adding more lanes will not completely prevent backups at peak traffic hours, it should help move drivers along at a quicker pace.
This construction work will also close 28th Street to the east of 65th Avenue and create a detention pond to help with drainage and flooding issues.