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Colorado short on asphalt

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

Due to a national asphalt and polymer shortage, the Colorado Department of Transportation has begun the process of reviewing its 2008 summer highway projects ” including work in Down Junction ” to identify those that may be impacted and what actions should be taken.

The asphalt shortage is expected to be short-term but has the potential to affect 34 of CDOT’s projects this summer. Priority will be given to projects on more heavily traveled routes, areas with the most significant pavement damage or those in the middle of construction. Possible actions may include:

– Delaying work until next year



– Extending project completion time

– Using a different pavement material/design

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– Partially completing a project until additional asphalt can be secured

The projects are:

Western



State Highway 131, south of Steamboat Springs

State Highway 135, Crested Butte south

State Highway 13, south of the Wyoming state line

I-70, Vail to US 24

State Highway 82, west of Basalt

I-70, State Highway 65 to Palisade

State Highway 125, US 40 north

State Highway 340 at I-70

US 24, north of Leadville

Denver Metro

Colorado Boulevard (State Highway 2), Mexico Avenue to Alameda Avenue

Indiana Avenue (State Highway 72), 64th Avenue to 86th Parkway

Colfax Avenue (US 40), Colorado Boulevard to Quebec Street

Colfax Avenue (US 40), Airport Boulevard to Tower Road

I-25, Santa Fe Drive to 6th Avenue

Havana Street/6th Avenue (State Highway 30), 1st Avenue to Potomac Street

Central

I-25, Tomah Road and Douglas Lane

I-70, Empire Junction/US 40 and Fall River Road

North/Northeast

US 34 near Hardin

US 85, State Highway 60 to LaSalle (near Evans)

State Highway 93, Regent Drive to State Highway 170 (Boulder)

State Highway 52 through Fort Lupton

US 34, I-25 to State Highway 257

US 34 near Yuma

I-25, Weld County Road 34 to State Highway 56

I-25, State Highway 56 to Crossroads Boulevard (near Loveland)

Southwest

US 160, South Fork to Shaw Creek

US 160, Cielo Azul Drive to Denver Avenue in Alamosa

State Highway 17 near the junction of US 160 north

US 550 Red Mountain Pass

South/Southeast

I-25/State Highway 16 interchange

I-25 through Trinidad

I-25, Huerfano/Pueblo County line north 16 miles

State Highway 21, Powers Boulevard/Woodman Road interchange

I-25, Northgate to the El Paso/Douglas County Line

In the coming weeks as more information from the asphalt industry becomes available, CDOT will provide updates as to how the above-mentioned projects may be affected, if at all, and what actions, if any, are necessary.


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