LAKE COUNTY, Colorado - The Colorado Department of Transportation has started a culvert replacement project on US 24 north of Leadville from miles 169 to 170.7, which is approximately a 1.7 mile stretch south of Tennessee Pass. The project is expected to last until November.
In order to improve drainage under U.S. 24, protecting the highway from future flooding, the Department of Transportation will be replacing seven culverts, with five circular culverts and two box culverts. The two larger box culverts will be installed at Tennessee Creek and East Tennessee Creek. Crews will also make improvements to shoulders and embankments to bring them up to current standards.
Work will take place on the projects Mondays through Fridays from roughly 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The speed limit will be reduced in the area from 55 mph to 30 mph and motorists may experience delays of up to 10 minutes as there will be closures through the work zone. The construction of the two box culverts will require 24-hour closures for up to nine weeks with a traffic signal in place to control one-way traffic. The specific dates and times of the 24-hour closures will be forthcoming, and oversize restrictions are anticipated.
Northern Colorado Constructors, Inc. is the contractor for this $1.5 million project.