Construction Updates

Current & Upcoming Construction Projects
Happening in Rifle

➤  Railroad Ave & 3rd Street - reconstruction

Document links:

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Construction Updates (May 7th)

  • Parking is now open on the west end of West 3rd St. 
  • Modas Apparel has opened up parking behind their shop.
  • The City of Rifle team has placed green arrows on the sidewalks to delineate open pedestrian walkways.

Construction Updates (April 30th) 

  • Due to anticipated weather, paving operations have been moved to Tuesday, May 4. On Monday, May 3 construction activity on West Ave. & west 3rd St. remains in the current configuration with two-lanes of traffic on West Ave.
  • Work on Tuesday, May 4
  • Beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, West Ave at 3rd St. will be one lane of traffic. This traffic configuration will stay in place while the project team mills the Project Phasing Narrative_4.30 Opens in new windowintersection of West Ave. in preparation for paving.
  • The Centennial Bridge will be paved on the morning of Tuesday, May 4 and opened to traffic midday before West Ave. closes down for paving.
  • Once Centennial Bridge is open, West Ave. at 3rd St. will be fully closed to pave.
  • West Ave. will fully open to traffic at the end of the day Tuesday.
  • Once paving is completed, Centennial Bridge will close again Tuesday evening and stay closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until the guardrail is installed.  
  • Preferred travel routes on Tuesday while West Ave. is closed is Whiteriver and East Ave. to access local business and east Rifle.
  • Access for CO 13 & north Rifle is Centennial Bridge.
  • On the evening of Friday, May 7 Centennial Bridge is anticipated to reopen fully once the guardrail is complete.

Construction Updates (April 19th) 

  • Work this week continues to focus on the reconstruction of west 3rd St. Grading will continue in preparation to begin pouring the concrete for parking spaces on west 3rd. The rest of the street will be roadbase until the concrete is poured.
  • Sidewalk demolition and reconstruction will also continue on west 3rd St. 
  • Waterline installation continues on Railroad Ave. between 2nd and 3rd St.
  • Please take it slow around the work zones and pay extra attention to children crossing streets in the downtown area.

Contacts for Questions & feedback:

  • Questions or feedback can be directed to the hotline at 970-987-7293 or can also be sent to a new email set up for the project

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➤  Centennial Parkway Bridge - decking replacement

  • The Centennial Parkway Bridge is the old Highway 6 bridge that crosses Rifle Creek. The bridge was constructed circa 1958 and the decking is in need of replacement. The project will require the closure of the bridge while being replaced. Construction crews will begin mobilizing in December, but closures will not take place until after the holidays on January 4th, 2021. The bridge will remain closed until its completion which is expected to be in April. Local traffic should use Second Street as an alternative route. All Commercial Traffic shall use I-70 to exit 87 then proceed to the Highway 13 bypass.

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➤  Xcel Energy Gas Line work on Railroad

  • Earlier this month Xcel Energy responded to an emergency gas leak on Railroad Ave between Be Healthy Be Fit Bistro and Alpine Bank. During this repair, Xcel Energy noted additional deficiencies in the system that needed to be addressed. Emergency funds have been accessed to address the issues throughout the downtown area.
  • Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021 Xcel Energy will begin work on Railroad Avenue near 5th Street and progress to the alleyways throughout the downtown area. Work is expected to take several months to complete. During this time traffic on Railroad Ave will be routed into the center lane to maintain two-way traffic flow, but may result in slowing.
  • While this work was not planned, it is imperative that these repairs be completed. Please be patient and use alternative routes when possible.

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➤  Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) ADA ramp improvements in Rifle

Traffic Update: May 10 - May 13

  • Southbound and Northbound right lane closure on Railroad Ave. (CO 13) from W. 20th to W. 30th

  • Expect intermittent flagging and lane shifts during construction

  • All intersections will maintain public access

Traffic Update: May 3 - May 6

  • The Region 3 ADA Ramp Improvements Project - Garfield County will be conducted in Rifle on CO 13 on W. 20th St., W. 26th St., W. 30th St., and Lion’s Park Cir.

  • Monday, May 3 to Thursday, May 6 work will consist of:
    ● Northbound right lane closure on Railroad Ave. (CO 13) from W. 20th to W. 26th
    ● All intersections will maintain public access

  • The project will be in operation Monday thru Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or to be added to the project update list please call 970-440-2380 email

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  • Starting Apr. 26, the Colorado Department of Transportation and Contractor KSK, LLC will implement ADA ramp improvements in Garfield County. Work will take place in Rifle, on Colorado Highway 13 (Railroad Avenue) and will replace existing sidewalk curb ramps located at four locations.


  • Work is scheduled for Apr. 26 and is expected to last early May. Normal working hours will be Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • Travelers by car, bike, wheelchair or foot can expect various lane and sidewalk closures where work zones exist, during daylight hours, Monday through Thursday.
  • Sidewalks are likely to be closed overnight or over weekends to allow the concrete to set up.
  • Access to all businesses will be maintained but may be temporarily altered.


If you have questions or concerns or if you would like to be added to our public outreach contact list to receive construction updates, please contact us!

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➤  2021 Crack Seal Project

Construction Updates (April 30)

  • Crack 2021 Crack Seal Cover Page Opens in new windowSealing has begun on Centennial Parkway and access road and will be performed over the weekend. With this, Centennial Parkway will have a newly rehabilitated bridge and will be caught up on its preventative maintenance. The crack sealing crews will then continue onto Prefontaine Mesa followed by North Rifle and finally Rifle Heights. A map of the specific streets to be addressed is attached. The work will be a moving operation and will perform at least one street per day. Flyers will be handed out prior to beginning to provide notification of when cars should not be parked on the street. Please follow the traffic control when driving through the operation.

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➤  I-70 Gateway Beautification Project

  • The I-70 gateway bOfframp After Opens in new windoweautification project will begin this month. Design planning for the I-70 interchange has been ongoing since 2010. The goal of the original plan was to create a clean look for the roundabouts and a welcoming entrance into the City. Early estimates for improvements were over four million dollars. A new design has been generated which will cost a small fraction of that original amount. The final design includes lighting and landscaping at all corners of the intersection.
  • Images of the I-70 Gateway renderings can be seen here:

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