65th Avenue ImprovementsHighway 34 Bypass to 34th Street Road
Starting Thursday, April 6, paving will begin.
Chardonnay St and Orchard Park Rd will both be closed at the same time.
Traffic will have to use Concord St to access 65th Ave.
Phase I: Highway 34 bypass to 29th Street will be complete and opened by early December
Phase II: East half of 65th Avenue from 29th Street to Ashcroft Draw will be completed by the end of April 2017.
Phase III: West half of 65th Avenue from 29th Street to Ashcroft Draw will be completed by July 15, 2017. This will conclude the Greeley portion of the improvements.
Due to growth and development in the area, there is a need to widen 65th Avenue south of Highway 34 Bypass to north of Greeley City limits at approximately 34th Street Road/Chardonnay Street. With the construction of Prairie Heights Middle School at 37th Street, the deteriorating condition of the road and due to the adjacent areas being nearly built out, 65th Avenue was selected for a grant from CDOT.
The section of 65th Avenue from Hwy 34 Bypass to 29th Street was completed in 2013, with the exception of curb, gutter and sidewalk on the east side. Due to lack of funding and right of way issues, the project was delayed. The City of Greeley was in line for additional grant funding, but the state shifted $4 million to I-25. After this City Council supplemented some of the money needed, but the project was on hold until the grant money came in to complete this phase.
The City was able to complete design and right of way plans in 2015 for the remainder of the project from 29th to 34th Street Road. Final design and right of way acquisition was completed in 2016, and construction began at the end of October 2016.
Current street as a two-lane county road
This project will widen 65th Avenue to a four lane road.
Improvements will include:
- Curb, gutter, and sidewalk
- Landscaping, lighting
- Bike lanes
- Medians, left and right turn lanes at major intersections
- Traffic signal at 29th Street.
This will improve traffic flow, provide both pedestrian and bike amenities, and allow the road to be safer, smoother and well lit.