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Alternate routes required in canyon

Dennis Webb
Vail, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A major resurfacing of part of Interstate 70 will force traffic to be reduced to a single lane in each direction in the western part of Glenwood Canyon in May and June.

The work also will result in some detours to provide access at interchanges that are affected by the road work.

The project will cost a little more than $4 million and is the first major road reconstruction to occur in the canyon since the completion of the freeway in the early 1990s.

This year’s work will be the first in a phased effort to replace the asphalt with longer-lasting concrete that stands up better to the harsh seasonal and geological conditions in the canyon, the Colorado Department of Transportation says.

The first phase will involve resurfacing eastbound I-70 from the No Name to Grizzly Creek exits. This will require rerouting eastbound traffic onto one of the normally westbound lanes. That will result in two-way traffic from the No Name tunnels to the Hanging Lake tunnels.

Although that is a detour much longer than the area that will be under construction, the tunnels are the closest locations where traffic can be diverted from eastbound to westbound I-70 and back.

Work should be done by the weekend before the July 4, the department of transportation said.

An information session on the project is scheduled for Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the department of transportation’s offices at 202 Centennial St. in Glenwood Springs.

Ken Murphy, general manager of Rock Gardens Rafting in No Name, said the company will be attending the open house but isn’t too worried about the roadwork impacting operations.

“We’ve been down this path before when the canyon was being built, and CDOT’s been real good about keeping the traffic flowing through there,” he said.

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