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Edwards roundabout work will be done in November

NWS Edwards round-a-bout DT 7-15-10

EDWARDS, Colorado – Ask if the Edwards roundabout project is on schedule, and the answer will be “which part?”

Jody Randall, the project’s public information officer, said pieces and parts of the project have been moved around on the construction calendar. That means some jobs are, technically, behind schedule while others are ahead.

Overall, though, the project is still on track to be finished by Nov. 19 or thereabouts.

“It’s going well,” Randall said.

The project, which will put four roundabouts around Edwards’ Interstate 70 interchange, was funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the multi-billion-dollar federal “stimulus” plan passed in early 2009.

The Edwards project was funded largely because a complete set of plans already existed, Randall said. Eagle County and the Edwards Metropolitan District funded those plans.

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The contractor on the project is American Civil Constructors of Littleton, which is using about 50 people on the job. About 20 of those workers came from local companies, mostly for concrete work, Randall said.

A lot of that concrete work is going into sidewalks around the roundabouts, Randall said.

Most recently, work has been finished on a new stream alignment for Berry Creek. For the past few months, water from the creek has been routed through a culvert into the Eagle River. The new stream alignment will create a more stable stream bank, Randall said, as well as new “riparian” areas for plants and wildlife.

Work is also finished on a retaining wall, sewer lines and storm drains.

While there’s still a lot of work left, Randall said she doesn’t expect any big surprises between now and the end of the project.

“We’re still excited about it,” Pet Spot owner Katherine Rose said. “We’ll be glad to have it done and what it will do for traffic here.”