I-70 backs up on Vail Pass; more road work planned for this week, next week
Eastbound traffic backs up for miles into Vail
VAIL — Expect delays if you are headed over Vail Pass this week and next week as road crews patch potholes on Interstate 70.
Colorado Department of Transportation workers Wednesday were patching I-70 eastbound at mile marker 182 — two miles east of the East Vail exit — backing up eastbound traffic all the way to the main Vail exit.
The rest of the patching schedule includes:
• Thursday, June 20: Eastbound at mile marker 189 (one mile west of Vail Pass summit).
• Monday, June 24: Westbound at mile marker 188 (two miles west of Vail Pass summit).
• Tuesday, June 25: Westbound at mile marker 187 (three miles west of Vail Pass summit).
• Wednesday, June 26: Westbound at mile marker 184 (four miles east of East Vail exist).
A full paving project is scheduled for 2020 for the right lane of eastbound Interstate 70 on the west side of Vail Pass (mile marker 180-190).
All lanes of the west side of Vail Pass, eastbound and westbound, are scheduled to be repaved in 2022, said Bob Wilson of CDOT.
Tire chains are your friend, especially if Interstate 70 is snowy and slick and you’re a trucker trying to make a deadline.