I-70 work starts in West Vail Thursday | VailDaily.com

I-70 work starts in West Vail Thursday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – Inside lanes of Interstate 70 in West Vail will be closed today through Monday while crews work on the wildlife fence project.

The inside westbound lane will be closed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the inside eastbound lane will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. while crews build median crossovers between mile markers 171 and 173.

The speed limit will be reduced to 40 mph.

Concrete barriers will be removed and replaced with guardrail so animals can cross the interstate.

Crews have been working in the project on I-70 between Gypsum and Dowd Junction. Fences have been removed, guardrails installed and 50 wildlife escape ramps have been built. The project will continue through the winter and be finished by the end of 2010.

The Colorado Department of Transportation contracted with Double D Construction for $1.89 million for the this second phase of the project.

On average, wildlife-vehicle collisions on I-70 make up around 4.6 percent of total accidents. On this particular stretch in Eagle County, however, 26 percent of the accidents involved wildlife.

For updated project information, the public may call 970-926-1845 or e-mail Double D Construction LLC at tandybitner@gmail.com

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