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Paving causing traffic delays on Vail Pass

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – Paving by the Colorado Department of Transportation has created afternoon traffic for motorists traveling eastbound between the Vail Pass summit and the East Vail exit.

An uncommonly wet spring that riddled the pass with pot holes and temporary patches. In order to fully repair the highway, American Civil Constructors Inc. is milling the existing asphalt surface and then resurfacing the 10-mile stretch. This work must be done during daylight hours due to the lynx habitat restriction on night work. Paving in the eastbound lanes has created congestion between 2-6 p.m. Crews are expediting their work to complete eastbound paving operations in July. Then, paving will get underway in the westbound lanes. The project is scheduled for completion by late September.-

The $9.5 million contract includes resurfacing, bridge joint repair, barrier/guardrail replacement, drainage improvements and the installation of variable message boards and sensors. Crews must reduce traffic to a single lane through one-mile segments.

-Through the project’s completion by late September, crews anticipate being in the roadway Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and until noon on Fridays (there is no weekend work anticipated at this time). To minimize current impacts to eastbound travel, however, paving is only being done Monday through Thursday.

During work hours, motorists can expect single-lane closures in both directions. There will be no impacts to traffic from noon on Friday through Sunday.

For travel information, contact the project information office at 970-566-6912 or sign up for regular updates at

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