I-70 upgrades between Avon and Edwards begin Monday | VailDaily.com

I-70 upgrades between Avon and Edwards begin Monday

The Colorado Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin work Monday on a 7.5 mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Avon and west Edwards.
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EAGLE COUNTY — Before daffodils or anything else pop out of the ground, orange road construction cones are the Vail Valley’s best indication that spring is upon us.

The Colorado Department of Transportation Monday is launching an $11.1 million fund to upgrade a 7.5-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between Avon and west Edwards — weather permitting, of course.

Yes, we understand the first signs of spring are bluebird ski days and calling in well to work to enjoy them.

But we also understand that in Colorado’s High Country there are two seasons — winter and construction season.

“This is a much-needed project to improve the pavement condition on this section of I-70, which sees a significant volume of traffic, more than 39,000 vehicles a day on average,” said the transportation department’s Karen Berdoulay, the Region 3 Eagle resident engineer.

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The work will include:

• Resurfacing a 7.5-mile stretch of distressed pavement.

• Making bridge rail and deck repairs on nine structures.

• Lining one large deteriorated culvert under I-70.

• Extensively upgrading and replacing guardrail on various sections along each side of the highway for the entire length of the project.

• Making minor lighting improvements at the Edwards interchange.

Through mid-May, motorists can expect some single-lane closures in each direction during daytime hours. Night work is scheduled to begin in April.

Officials will try to avoid closing eastbound lanes in the morning and westbound lanes in the afternoon and evening, to make commuting as hassle-free as possible.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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