Looking for a free ride . . . look to 36 Commuting Solutions. Express Lane Groupies Ride for Free.

Louisville, Colorado—36 Commuting Solutions, a local nonprofit organization providing programs and assistance to commuters along the US 36 corridor, is offering cash incentives to commuters who agree to start carpooling, vanpooling or taking transit instead of driving alone along US 36. These cash incentives include a rebate for the HOV Switchable Pass that allows carpoolers to drive for free in the new US 36 and South I-25 Express Lanes.

36 Commuting Solutions Executive Director Audrey DeBarros explains, “As the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) outlines the choices available to all travelers on the corridor, 36 Commuting Solutions will run a parallel campaign inspiring commuters to share rides in the US 36 Express Lanes. The campaign offers up to $75 in incentives and a faster commute to those who form new carpools, vanpools and take the bus.”

The colorful campaign with headlines like “Express Lane groupies ride for free.” “Together we cruise.” and “Express Lane envy?” introduces commuters to the transportation options that are available and launching in early 2016. These options include: a new and improved US 36 Corridor that will host RTD’s Flatiron Flyer, a bus rapid transit (BRT) service with fast, frequent and reliable service. RTD has upgraded six of its Park–n-Rides along US 36, to high-tech, easily accessed transit stations. The first 11 miles of the US 36 Bikeway between Louisville and Westminster is open and cyclists are enjoying a commute that rivals their car for time, and easily noses out the car for cost, enjoyment and stress relief. The remaining seven miles of this “highway for bicyclists” will extend to the Table Mesa Station when the ribbon is cut in early 2016.

If you drive US 36 for your daily commute and are ready to be paid to give carpooling, vanpooling or transit a go, please visit the 36 Commuting Solutions campaign page at 36commutingsolutions.org and sign up for your incentive. The campaign runs through 2016.

About 36 Commuting Solutions:
36 Commuting Solutions is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enhance the mobility of commuters along the US 36 corridor. Our public-private coalition consists of 76 private sector members, nine public sector members between Westminster, Boulder and Longmont, and nine individual members. We understand the challenges and difficulties associated with the daily commute and offer real-life solutions to Northwest-area commuters.

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Project News for the Week Sept 27. Note: Full weekend closure of McCaslin Boulevard over US 36 Oct. 16-19.

9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 through 5:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19–Full weekend closure of McCaslin Boulevard over US 36 

As traffic is realigned into the new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) configuration, a full weekend closure of McCaslin Boulevard over US 36 will take place the weekend of Oct. 16-19. The full closure will be in place from 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 through 5:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19. To view an instructional video on navigating the new DDI, click here. See the upcoming work section below for more details.

Phase 2 construction of the bikeway from Foothills to 88th Street is underway.

Please refrain from attempting to access the bikeway, it is still a construction work zone.

I-25 Lane Restrictions–will continue through September, Monday through Thursday nights

Multiple nightly lane restrictions that started in late July on northbound and southbound I-25 between US 36 and 58th Avenue will continue. These restrictions are necessary for bridge maintenance work and will continue through September, Monday through Thursday nights, and include single lane restrictions on northbound and southbound I-25 starting at 9 p.m., double lane restrictions starting at 10 p.m., and, if necessary, triple lane restrictions starting at 11 p.m. All work will continue through 5:30 a.m. A minimum of one lane of travel will remain open during the work, and lane restrictions will only be taken as needed. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area if possible.
In the event that traffic is directed into the Express Lanes, all tolls will be waived during the overnight work.

Also as part of the I-25 rehabilitation work, the 70th Avenue bridge continues to be reduced to a single lane from Washington Street to Broadway Avenue through Sunday, Oct. 4. One lane will remain open at all times. Federal to 88th Street (Phase 1 Work)

Northbound and Southbound Sheridan Boulevard Lane Restrictions

Sept. 20-26, 9 p.m.-5:30 a.m.- Northbound and southbound Sheridan Boulevard, on the bridge over US 36, will have lane restrictions. These restrictions are necessary for barrier work.

Eastbound and Westbound US 36 Single Lane Restrictions

Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 9 p.m.-5:30 a.m. – Eastbound and westbound US 36 will have intermittent single lane restrictions from Federal Boulevard to 88th Street. These restrictions are necessary for final striping. Expect nighttime delays. One lane will remain open at all times.

Nighttime Ramp Closures — Church Ranch to East Flatiron

Sept. 28-30 – Concrete finish work continues on various ramps overnight, from Church Ranch Boulevard to East Flatiron. As work is completed, the ramps will reopen.

Monday, Sept. 28
• 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m., eastbound US 36 off-ramp to Church Ranch Boulevard
• 9 pm-5:30 a.m., westbound US 36 off-ramp to East Flatiron

Tuesday, Sept. 29
• 8 pm-5:30 a.m., eastbound US 36 off-ramp to Church Ranch Boulevard

Wednesday, Sept. 30
• 8 pm-5:30 a.m., eastbound US 36 off-ramp to Church Ranch Boulevard

RTD bus routes will not be impacted, and buses will be flagged through the work zone.

Ramps will reopen once the activities are completed, possibly prior to the posted times. No two consecutive ramps will be closed at the same time.

88th Street to Foothills Parkway (Phase 2 Work)

McCaslin Boulevard and Ramp Restrictions – The McCaslin interchange, including on- and off-ramps, and McCaslin Boulevard between Dillon and Marshall Roads, will have various lane restrictions, Sept. 27-Oct 3, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and 9 p.m.-5:30 a.m., for roadway construction, paving and striping.

Upcoming Work

Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) Traffic Alignment

Oct. 16-19 There will be a full weekend closure of McCaslin Boulevard over US 36 .

This closure is necessary to align traffic into the new Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) configuration. The full closure will be in place from 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 through 5:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19. Access over US 36 on McCaslin Boulevard will not be allowed. All eastbound and westbound US 36 on- and off-ramps to McCaslin Boulevard will remain open with right turn access only. Left turns and through movements from the ramps to access McCaslin Boulevard will be closed during the bridge closure. Detours will be in place to guide the traveling public, but alternate routes are advised. To view the detour routes and closure points, go to us36expresslanes.com.

The traveling public will need to be extra cautious when driving on the new DDI for the first time starting on Monday, Oct. 19. To view an instructional video on navigating the new DDI, click here. The DDI alignment requires motorist to travel on left side of the road to cross the bridge, which allows free movements on and off of McCaslin Boulevard from US 36 with yield movements. New signage will be in place.

Once the weekend activities have been completed, there will be miscellaneous construction activities through December at the interchange including ramp paving, sidewalk and median construction and the bridge arch installation. The DDI is scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

For more information, visit www.us36expresslanes.com or call the project hotline at 303-404-7042.