Celebration event set for completion of Weld Country Road 49

GREELEY – Weld County commissioners on Nov. 18  will celebrate the completion of Weld County Road 49, a 20-mile, five-lane, highway that runs north and south through the county.

Weld County Road 49 is a new 20-mile, five-lane, highway that runs north and south through Weld County.

The public event will be held at 11 a.m. at the county’s Kersey Grader Shed at 23636 Weld County Road 54, just west of WCR 49.

During the celebration event, commissioners will speak about the background of the corridor project as well as highlight some of the project’s statistics.

“This is an exciting time for Weld County,” Julie Cozad, chairwoman of the commissioners, said in a prepared statement. “This project, which the county was able to pay for in cash, is completed on time and on budget, and it now provides an additional north/south route for travelers in the county.”

While improvements to WCR 49 had been on the county’s project list for years with county officials actively pursuing a plan on the corridor, it was the 2013 flood, which at one point closed most of the north/south roads in the county, that prompted the project to be done sooner rather than later and at an expedited pace.

“This corridor provides an alternative to U.S. Highway 85 and even Interstate 25,” said commissioner Mike Freeman, coordinator for the Public Works Department. ” These improvements ensure we have a road that will be an efficient and safe transportation corridor for the traveling public and our residents.”