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Highway 6 project to take place next year

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Colorado Department of Transportation’s resurfacing and widening project on U.S. Highway 6 between Eagle and Wolcott, which will be completed in partnership with Eagle County, is expected to begin in 2012.

While CDOT had hoped the work would take place this fall, the contractor bids received for the project were rejected and bids will be reopened in early 2012 for new estimates.

“We are certainly disappointed that we were unable to complete the project this year,” said CDOT Resident Engineer Martha Miller. “We realize that both motorists and cyclists alike have been looking forward to its completion for some time. However, since Colorado state law dictates that CDOT only accept project bids within 10 percent of engineering estimates when there are less than three bids, we have to re-advertise the project to obtain new bids and have adjusted our engineering estimates to meet current market conditions.”

The project is the third phase of a partnership between CDOT and Eagle County to widen shoulders and resurface U.S. 6 between Wolcott and Eagle. The estimated $2.5 million project ($1 million of which was provided by Eagle County) will include shoulder widening (from non-existent shoulders to 2-foot shoulders) and an asphalt overlay of U.S. 6 between Wolcott and Eagle.

Two earlier phases of the project have already been completed, including one finished in 2009 to improve a section of US 6 east of Wolcott. The $2.5 million project ($1 million of which was provided by Eagle County for shoulders) widened the shoulders to two feet and resurfaced the highway between Wolcott and Edwards.

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The first phase of the project was completed in 2008, which widened and resurfaced a section of U.S. 6 east of Eagle.

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