DENVER — The Colorado Department of Transportation is considering permanently closing the westbound off-ramp of Sixth Avenue for Lowell Boulevard and Perry Street to improve traffic flow in the area, which is undergoing a major renovation.
CDOT has been seeking input this month from residents who live near the off-ramp, and there have been public meetings and other community outreach for many months.
Next month, the lanes of Sixth Avenue will shift to the south, making use of the off-ramp impossible so it will close temporarily. But CDOT might extend the closure permanently.
“We are trying to strike a balance between providing safe, efficient travel for highway commuters with neighborhood access needs,” CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said. “Before decisions are made, we want to know what the Villa Park and Barnum residents prefer happen in this area.”
Sixth Avenue is undergoing major construction between Interstate 25 and Perry, with numerous bridges and on- and off-ramps being redone.
Because of traffic on Sixth Avenue and merging traffic from Interstate 25, CDOT is seeking a way to avoid vehicles crossing to exit at the ramp and causing backups. Another option would be to put the Lowell/Perry off-ramp farther east, closer to the Interstate 25 interchange.
CDOT’s survey of residents in the area ends April 4.