‘Spot paving’ slows I-70 traffic | VailDaily.com

‘Spot paving’ slows I-70 traffic

Scott N. Miller

EAGLE-VAIL ” Traffic on eastbound Interstate 70 slowed to a crawl for a few hours Monday morning and afternoon. Expect more delays through the end of August.

The slowdown was caused by Colorado Department of Transportation crews doing “spot paving” on a stretch of highway in Dowd Junction. Traffic was flowing freely by mid-afternoon, but the repair work isn’t done yet.

“We will see more of those delays in the future,” said Jim Pitkin of the Colorado Department of Transportation. “But we’ll try to keep it as streamlined as possible.”

The problem, Pitkin said, is that any time two lanes are packed into one by any kind of work, traffic is going to back up.

The repair work on the interstate is being done by state crews, not the private contractors doing the re-paving job on the interstate between Wolcott and Avon. The work from Eagle-Vail to Vail Pass is being done to keep the road there in decent shape until a big re-paving project set for 2008.

The local repair work gets done depending on the availability of the paving crew, Pitkin said. But it will be back from time to time over the next few weeks.

“We probably won’t be doing it past August,” Pitkin said.

Staff Writer Scott N. Miller can be reached at 748-2930, or smiller@vaildaily.com.

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