Jefferson County, Westminster, and the developer looked at all possible alternatives to avoid such a long closure.
There will be over 20 feet of cuts in the roadway. Also, two separate water and sanitary systems will be installed seven to ten feet below the new grade of the road.
It is not safe to have the public travel through this type of construction work.
Also, in the spring of 2024, the airport will be working on a new taxiway that will cross the old Simms alignment. The old Simms will not be the same once the new Simms alignment is opened.
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A 10-foot multi-use path will be provided instead of a bike lane to keep cyclists away from high-speed traffic.
A large portion of the new Simms Street alignment is nearly complete. However, there are a significant amount of utilities that must be installed within the footprint of the existing roadway after grading has been completed (lowering the road approximately 20 feet in areas). These utilities must be installed, connected, and operational prior to removing the old utilities and completing the new roadway.
The dirt required to build the connecting road, Callender Drive, comes from the existing road.
Pedestrians and cyclists are encouraged to use the 10-foot multi-use path on the new Simms Street alignment.
Bike lanes are not planned for Callender Drive. Once the taxiway extension project occurs in 2024, Callender Drive will be disconnected from the existing Simms Street and effectively serve as a local, dead-end street for accessing future airport development in the area.