Project Updates

Project Update for the Week of Sept. 11

Because this project is now substantially complete, this will be our last project update.

As we wrap up final construction activities over the next week, the project team would like thank all of the US 36 Express Lanes stakeholders, including residents, businesses, visitors, and the thousands of daily commuters for your patience over the years during planning, design and construction of this new infrastructure project.

HOV 3 Effective Jan. 1, 2017
As a reminder, on Jan. 1, 2017, the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) requirement will change from HOV 2+ to HOV 3+ on the US 36 and I-25 Express Lanes. You will need three or more people in the car to use the Express Lanes for free, along with your Switchable HOV Transponder. Learn more.

Moving to HOV 3+ ensures trip reliability and faster speeds for people in the Express Lanes. It not only reduces emissions and road congestion, but also provides funding for the state’s transportation infrastructure. If you haven’t already, get an ExpressToll account and pass to save money on tolls, and to carpool for free. Visit to find a pass that is right for you.

Changes for Motorcyclists
Starting this fall, motorcycles will no longer need an ExpressToll account and pass to use the HOV Express Lanes for free. In spring 2017, drivers who only use the lanes to carpool—and never in TOLL mode—will get the switchable pass for free.

Find more information on CDOT’s Express Lanes website.

Eastbound and Westbound US 36 Restriction
Expect various nighttime lane restrictions on eastbound and westbound US 36 for final striping, grading, landscaping and surface smoothing from Federal Boulevard to Foothills Parkway, Sept. 11-17. At least one lane will remain open at all times.