VAIL, Colorado " Repaving of Interstate 70 between East Vail, Colorado and Silverthorne " the first project in the region to receive federal stimulus money " begins Monday.
The work will take place on a 24-mile section of I-70 that includes Vail Pass and stretches from the East Vail exit to the Silverthorne exit. The project consists of extensive bridge rehabilitation work on 12 to 16 bridges, including new expansion joints, waterproofing and new bridge rails.
"Proper investment in our transportation infrastructure is essential to the overall health and prosperity of our state," "Without good, safe roads, it would be nearly impossible for growing mountain communities like Vail and Frisco to attract new businesses, create jobs, and thrive as world-renown tourist destinations," said U.S. Rep. Jared Polis.
Paving and bridge work will take place concurrently at different locations. Single lanes of traffic will be closed during the project and speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph in work zones. No work will take place during the 4th of July and Labor Day holidays.
On Monday, construction will begin on the Summit County side of Vail Pass in Tenmile Canyon with bridge work at the Officer's Gulch exit. Work will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 19.
Paving will begin on the Vail side from East Vail to the top of Vail Pass on June 8. Work will take place in the right lane of eastbound I-70 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until June 19.
The Colorado Department of Transportation expects only minor traffic delays during construction. Lane closure information can be found at http://www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/currentcond/ or by calling 511.
Asphalt Paving Co. of Golden, CO is the contractor for $11.5 million project, of which $8 million is funded by federal stimulus money. It is scheduled for completion in November 2009.
To date, the state department of transportation has committed funds for 32 stimulus projects across the state. Among those, 27 projects have been advertised for bids and contractors have been selected for 21 projects. To see a list of projects, go to www.dot.state.co.us/arra/.
In all, Colorado will receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects. For more information about how Colorado is putting the recovery act to work, visit www.colorado.gov/recovery.