Eagle-Vail roundabout traffic down to one lane
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado – Traffic at the roundabout at the intersection of Post Boulevard and U.S. Highway 6 will be cut down to just one lane for some time this fall, due to another change in tactics in Xcel Energy’s gas line replacement project.
The utility company has been working since spring to replace nine miles of gas line between Edwards and Minturn. Company officials say the project is needed because the old line can’t carry enough natural gas to meet current and future demand.
But the project has run into several snarls, the latest of which has come at the roundabout. The company originally planned to bore under the roundabout, but there are too many rocks and large boulders under the road surface to allow the boring machine to do its work.
That means the company will dig about 1,200 feet of trench on the east and west sides of the roundabout. No trenching will take place in the roundabout itself.
According to a press release from the company, crews are trenching in the north lane of the highway to the west end of the roundabout, transitioning to the south lane at the roundabout. Instead of boring through the roundabout to install the new gas pipe, crews will install on the south lane of traffic on the roundabout.
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Two crews started digging Thursday. The first crew has set up about 500 feet west of Post Boulevard and will work toward the east. A second crew has set up about 800 feet east of Post Boulevard and work toward the west.
Work will take place during daylight hours Monday through Saturday, with some work possible on Sundays.
Traffic approaching the Post Boulevard roundabout – from the west, east and north – will be narrowed to one-way, alternating traffic at the roundabout. There will be three flaggers, working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additional lighting will be added. Concrete barriers, cones and barrels will also be added throughout the construction area.
For updates, call 877-481-6380, or go http://www.xceledwards-minturnhpgaspipeline.com.