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May 16, 2012
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U.S. 6 bridge finished, resurfacing and widening work starts

The Colorado Department of Transportation's resurfacing and widening project on U.S. Highway 6 between Eagle and Wolcott is now under way and is expected to finish by September.

For the project, crews will work on Highway 6 between Wolcott and Eagle for a five-mile stretch from Mile Marker 153 to MM 158, about six miles east of Eagle to a mile west of Wolcott. Shoulder size will increase from non-existent shoulders to 2-foot shoulders and asphalt will be overlaid on the highway for the length of the project.

The resurfacing will smooth out potholes, chips and cracks in the roadway and will increase the life of the highway in the long run. Work will also include grading, drainage, and resurfacing improvements at the parking lot located south of Interstate 70 at the Wolcott interchange.

During construction, the highway will have single lane closures during certain elements of work, when traffic will be directed by flaggers. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Detour information and construction updates will be posted to the project website to update motorists. Visit the project website at www.coloradodot.info/projects/us6wolcottwidening, where you can sign up for email updates.

The project is the third phase of a partnership between CDOT and Eagle County to add shoulders to Highway 6 between Wolcott and Eagle. Elam Construction, based in Grand Junction, will be the contractor for this $2.1 million project ($1 million was provided by Eagle County).

Two earlier phases of the project have already been completed, including one finished in 2009 to improve a section of Highway 6 east of Wolcott. The $2.5 million project ($1 million of which was provided by Eagle County for shoulders) widened the shoulders to 2 feet and resurfaced the highway between MM 158 (east of Wolcott) to MM 163.

The first phase of the project was completed in 2008, which widened and resurfaced a section of Highway 6 east of Eagle between MM 151 and MM 153 for a contract amount $722,341.

Last week, the Colorado Department of Transportation completed all work on the new Eagle River Bridge on U.S. Highway 6, located one mile east of the roundabout at Eby Creek Road in Eagle.

Thanks to the outstanding efforts of the contractor and crew, the project not only finished ahead of schedule, but also finished under budget. Instead of purchasing materials for the new road base, the contractor was able to recycle the existing materials to save approximately $225,000.

"We're thankful to the community for their support throughout the construction for the new bridge, and also to the contractor for relentless efforts made to minimize interruptions to the community during construction," said CDOT engineer Martha Miller. "Crews worked tirelessly last fall to take advantage of cooperative weather, which allowed the project to finish weeks ahead of schedule this spring, and constantly evaluated project processes in order to save a substantial amount of money."

To celebrate the completion of the new bridge, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the site of the new bridge.

The project was contracted to Colorado-based CEI for $ 2.9 million. The original bridge, which was built in 1933, was rated in poor condition and had outlived its useful life span. A new bridge was built with wider lanes, including a third lane to better accommodate turns into and out of Nogal Road, which intersects Highway 6 north of the bridge location. The extended turn lanes at Nogal Road and the new bridge alignment address current standards and improve safety.

Replacement of the Eagle River Bridge was funded through the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, a government-owned business entity within CDOT.

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