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Highway 6 construction moving right along

Christine Ina Casillas
Sewer Construction BH 6-24/Brets Edit

Construction along U.S. Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail is moving right along, Greg Fowles, project manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said Wednesday.

Near the section at Stone Creek Drive and the Eagle-Vail Business Center, traffic is still being slowed to one-lane until new sewer lines can be installed, Fowles said. The lines have been the driving force behind the project for some time, but the completion date changes daily, he added.

“We’re getting close,” he said. “It may be next week, but it’s a short week, so we may not be finished with it by then.”

The sewer lines are being installed from the Eagle-Vail Golf Course east to the nearby business park, transportation officials said.

Sewers and culverts

About 2,900 feet of sewer lines are being installed on both sides of the Interstate 70 bridge over Highway 6, and as the project moves east toward the business center, the transportation department still plans to build a paved detour, away from the Eagle River, transportation officials said.

“Those sewer lines are the bulk of this project at the moment,” Fowles said. “Once we get that out of the way, it’ll be nice.”

During the project, the transportation department has run across some conflicts with the sewer lines – especially the direction in which they were aligned – as well as “the usual utility conflicts,” he said.

“We’re just trying to clear up the north half of the highway,” he said.

Because traffic has been shifted to one lane, the transportation department has built culverts under the highway, so golfers can fully access the golf course until the project is finished, he said.

“The golfers are able to use it, but it’s not paved,” he said. “It’s functioning all right.”

What’s with the “half-diamond’?

Meanwhile, the off- and on-ramps for the new “half-diamond” interchange are being “rough-graded,” he said. Waste material and dirt from the project will be piled and graded east along the eastbound lanes of the interstate at Battle Mountain High School as a way to block highway noise, transportation officials said. Most of the wasted materials will come from the dirt moved for the freeway off-ramps.

The berms’ heighth will depend on how much material is removed from the ramps, transportation officials said. Highway engineers are trying to get the berms as high as the football stadium at the high school.

The entire project is expected to be completed in late fall, Fowles said.

Christine Ina Casillas can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 607 or at ccasillas@vaildaily.com.

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