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Denver-area I-70 construction projects

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

JEFFERSON COUNTY – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) begins rotomilling and paving Interstate 70 between Morrison Road (Exit 259) and Chief Hosa (Exit 253) on Sunday, August 5. Work includes slope and ditch paving, new guardrails, rumble strips and striping. A truck “chain-down” area also will be paved at the Buffalo Overlook, just west of the Genesee exit, on eastbound I-70.

Most operations will take place during low-traffic hours, as follows:

EASTBOUND

– Sundays – One lane closed at 9 p.m. Two lanes closed – 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

– Monday through Thursday – One lane closed at 7 p.m. Two lanes closed – 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

– Monday through Thursday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One lane and shoulder closure possible.

WESTBOUND

– Sundays – One lane closed at 4 p.m. Two lanes closed 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

– Monday through Thursday – One lane closed at 7 p.m. Two lanes closed 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

– Monday through Thursday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One lane and shoulder closure possible.

Delays up to 20 minutes can be expected during night hours. When eastbound operations are underway at night, semi-trucks and trucks wider than 12 feet will be required to exit I-70 at the Lookout Mountain Exit (#256) and detour to U.S. 40, returning to I-70 at the Morrison Exit (#259). Maximum delays of 20 minutes can be expected during day hours but CDOT will monitor traffic and adjust and/or remove lane closures if long backups develop.

Work will be suspended for the Labor Day and Thanksgiving holidays.

Rotomilling and paving operations begin at Chief Hosa, move east to Morrison Road and then switch to westbound I-70. When mainline paving is complete, the Buffalo Overlook chain-down station and the on and off-ramps at the Lookout Mountain, Genesee and Chief Hosa exits will be paved.

“We know the project will impact traffic at times but this is the only time of year it’s warm enough for major paving,” says CDOT Project Engineer Jim Van Dyne. “With the high volume of traffic this segment of I-70 experiences, a new surface is essential to maintaining the road at its highest service level. I also want to remind drivers to slow down, especially heading eastbound since we’ll have our crews working very close to the open traffic lanes.”

The Colorado State Patrol will be increasing its enforcement efforts on this project as part of the Slow for the Cone Zone campaign so motorists are reminded to please stay alert and pay attention to and obey all work zone/advisory signs and flaggers.

Brannan Sand and Gravel Co. of Denver, CO is the contractor for the $6.3 million project, which will be completed by early December.

Traffic information about this or other CDOT projects is on the cotrip.org website or by calling 511 statewide, (303) 639-1111 in the Denver area or (877) 315-ROAD elsewhere in Colorado.


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