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Eby Creek Road update — plan for more of the same through August

Daily commuters concerned about what the Eby Creek Road construction project has in store during the coming weeks can expect more of what they are already experiencing.

According to Nancy Shanks, regional communications manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, no lane closures are planned through August.

For the coming weeks, motorists can expect curb, gutter and paving work to continue for the north and south Interstate 70 on- and off-ramp roundabouts. Crews also will continue site work for the I-70 pedestrian bridge.

“There will be water line, drainage, curb, gutter and paving work along Eby Creek Road,” said Shanks. “None of this construction is expected to impact drivers.”

Or, rather, impact drivers more than they are currently impacted. A couple of weeks ago, Flatiron Construction crews instituted a lane shift by tearing out landscaping medians in the road and paving shoulder areas. That work provided a new street platform and new driving lanes delineated by construction cones. There are still two driving lanes provided through the construction zone.

During Tuesday’s Eagle Town Board meeting, Eagle Town Engineer Tom Gosiorowski provided an update regarding the Eby Creek Road project.

“The bulk of what you will see this year is the roundabouts at the interchange and a lot of utility work,” he said.

The contractor anticipates this year’s construction season will last through mid December and then shut down until mid-March. Initially, the construction schedule anticipated having the pedestrian bridge completed this year, but Gosiorowski said lead time and concrete pour schedules pushed the finish date for that part of the project back to next year.

Town Board member Brandi Resa said pedestrian access through the construction zone has been a problem.

“The reality is there is no pedestrian walkway through the construction zone right now because there simply isn’t any space,” said Gosiorowski. “The tight sequencing and budget and space constraints make it very difficult to keep creating paved pedestrian walkways.”

He said the town will institute a “No Pedestrian Access” sign at the construction zone to make it clear that walking through the area is not recommended.

“There will be water line, drainage, curb, gutter and paving work along Eby Creek Road. None of this construction is expected to impact drivers.”
Nancy Shanks
Colorado Department of Transporation Regional Communications Manager

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