Interstate 70 traffic impacts near Glenwood Springs to ease
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Road construction continues on several areas of Interstate 70 through Glenwood Springs and to the west of town. Work began the end of May between mile marker 118 in Glenwood Canyon and mile marker 110 to the west. CDOT’s contractor Elam Construction is completing the $2.9 million project that will resurface the interstate between mile markers 110 and 118. The four miles between mile markers 112 and 116 were previously resurfaced in 2006. The work includes two-inch planing of the existing pavement, and an asphalt overlay of the traffic lanes and interchange ramps, bridge approach concrete slab repair and replacement, bridge and deck patching, guardrail upgrades, weather sensors, traffic counters near No Name Tunnel, drainage improvements and pavement markings. According to Colorado Department of Transportation spokeswoman Nancy Shanks motorists will still have to deal with the 24-hour closures of eastbound lanes, west of Glenwood Springs for a couple of more weeks. Eastbound lanes are closed until bridge approach work is complete at mile marker 111. This is a full-time closure that will cause major delays during morning peak travel times between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. A 16-foot width restriction is also in effect for this closure as well. The closure is expected to be lifted by the end of June. “They should be done in a couple of weeks,” Shanks said. “As long as weather complies, things are moving along pretty well, and work should be wrapped up by the end of June.” South Canyon work will continue Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the westbound lanes, while work on the eastbound lanes will be the same days from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Motorists can expect single-lane closures to accommodate paving operations, west of Glenwood Springs, through the project’s completion date of Aug. 20. Just to the east of town, westbound lane closures from mile marker 116 to 118 started Friday. Work began on the right westbound lane, just east of the 116 exit near the Hot Springs Pool. Paving on the area just east of town in the eastbound lanes also began Friday. Starting Monday, drainage repairs and upgrade work will switch from the eastbound lanes to the westbound lanes in that area, just east of the 116 exit. And it’s possible that work will continue through the rest of week. Overall, the project remains on schedule and should be completed on time. “It’s looking good so far,” Shanks said. “Everything is on schedule.” Glenwood Canyon bike path remains closed from Grizzly Creek, mile marker 121, to the Colorado River trailhead, mile marker 131, due to high water conditions on the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. The bike path has been closed since May 29. Cyclists are prohibited on I-70, and shoulders of I-70, through Glenwood Canyon. Updates for the closure of this section of bike path are available on the Colorado Department of Transportation’s website, http://www.cotrip.org, on the alerts and restrictions page. The Hanging Lake parking lot and hiking trail is closed until Aug. 1, for trail restoration.