Construction Updates

Current & Upcoming Construction Projects
Happening in Rifle

➤  Railroad Ave & 3rd Street - reconstruction

Receive updates regarding the downtown construction project

  • Send an email to using the subject line "EMAIL ME" and you will be put into the email chain to receive updates.

Project Document links:

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Construction Updates (June 7)

  • Pedestrian access remains open.
  • West Third Street is nearly complete. There may be a short closure for striping.
  • The sidewalk on the east side of Railroad Avenue is being replaced. 
  • There will be a short water shut-off to complete the tie-ins which will likely be later this week or early next week. Affected businesses and residences will be notified ahead of time.
  • Demolition and excavation have begun between Third and Fourth street and new concrete will be laid between Second and Third street.
  • All businesses are remaining open and accessible. Please continue to support our local businesses!

Construction Updates (May 31 - June 4)

  • The project team will cease working on Friday, May 28-Monday, May 31 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Please move safely through the work zone and pedestrian barriers.
  • Concrete work on the south end of Railroad Ave. is underway with sidewalks being poured. That work will continue through next week.
  • About 75% of the reconstruction on West 3rd St. is complete.
  • Work continues to progress on East 3rd St. The street is closed to through traffic but open to parking when available.
  • Waterline testing will commence on Tuesday of next week. The project team will communicate with any impacted businesses as needed.
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Construction Updates (May 19th)

  • May 20, the project team will begin demolition and waterline installation on the remaining section of  East 3rd. East 3rd Street will now be completely closed to vehicle traffic for several weeks. All pedestrian access remains open. By implementing this full closure the project can advance the work schedule by several weeks at this location. 
  • The parking lot next to Rifle House will be open for temporary parking.
  • West 3rd St. is about 75% complete and parking is open on the west end of West 3rd. In the next two weeks, reconstruction will begin on Railroad Ave. and sidewalks on the south end of Railroad Ave will be poured.

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 (May 18th)

  • Crack sealing crews have completed Centennial Parkway, Rifle Heights, and most of Prefontaine Mesa. While cracks are drying out from yesterday’s rain they will be moving to Coalmine Avenue to perform crack preparation and cleaning. Once completed there they will be in Deerfield Park and back on Prefontaine Mesa.

Construction Updates (April 30th)

  • 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

  • Offramp After Opens in new windowDesign 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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