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July 25, 2012
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U.S. Highway 6 shoulder project complete

Eagle County and the Colorado Department of Transportation have completed a three-phase project to add shoulders to 12 miles of U.S. Highway 6 between Edwards and Eagle.The five-mile section finished this summer stretches from Wolcott to Eagle and was completed by Elam Construction Inc. of Edwards. Phase one included a two-mile section east of Eagle constructed during the summer of 2008, also by Elam. Phase two, a five-mile stretch from Wolcott to Edwards, was built in 2009 by B&B Excavating of Eagle.The $5.8 million project was the result of a partnership between Eagle County and CDOT. The county designed the project and funded the $2.3 million shoulder addition. CDOT provided project management and contributed $3.5 million for the asphalt overlay.“Our Engineering Department began researching options for adding shoulders to Highway 6 in 2005 at our request, and especially at the urging of then-commissioner Arn Menconi,” said Commissioner Peter Runyon. “Cyclists and others had expressed concerns about the conditions along the highway due to the lack of shoulders and cracked pavement,” Runyon said.CDOT Region 3 Director David Eller says with their significant budget constraints, CDOT is always excited to find partnerships to fund highway improvements. “Eagle County has not only participated with funding, but also contributed resources to design and deliver this next section on Highway 6,” said Eller. “Certainly this is a great example of local government working with CDOT to make significant improvements for all of our customers,” he said. “We look forward to continued successful partnerships with Eagle County in the future.”A variety of designs were reviewed by both entities, and in 2007 the two-foot shoulder option without retaining walls was determined to be ideal. The solution added much-needed safety improvements while remaining affordable.

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