I-70 roundabouts are now fully functional
November 6, 2013
Eagle has two fully functional roundabouts at the Interstate 70 interchanges on Eby Creek Road.
Motorists now have unimpeded access in all directions of the traffic circles — a construction milestone that happened three weeks sooner than the original construction schedule planned.
Now with traffic flowing through the circles, the new features will start looking more like roundabouts as crews shift to work on the center islands.
"We are sort of filling in the puzzle now, doing the curb and gutter on the circles and the islands down the road," said Eagle Town Engineer Tom Gosiorowski.
Along with the fully functioning roundabouts, Gosiorowski noted that motorists will welcome another important improvement slated for installation this week — permanent roadway lighting in the new construction area.
Over the next couple of weeks, Gosiorowski noted that crews will be doing nighttime utility work in the Chambers Avenue area.
The work includes replacing the town's main water and sewer lines and is being completed at night to lessen traffic impacts. Gosiorowski encouraged motorists to be extra careful when driving through the area.
By completing the utility work this fall, the Colorado Department of Transportation/Town of Eagle construction team hopes to provide a boost for the Chambers Avenue roundabout construction schedule next year. Gosiorowski said that part of the project will be the most difficult aspect of the Eby Creek Road construction because of the narrow right-of-way and the heavy traffic at the intersection.
"By getting that utility work out of the way this fall, it really helps out our schedule for next spring," he said.
Smoother traffic pattern
While he hasn't yet done a study to support it, Gosiorowski agreed with a general consensus around town that the I-70 interchange roundabouts have already eased traffic backups along the interstate's westbound lanes during the evening rush hour as well as congestion along Market Street.
"Obviously that's encouraging to see. That was the primary focus of the whole project in the first place,"he said.